Maine State Senate District 25

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Maine State Senate District 25
Current incumbentColleen Lachowicz Democratic Party
Population36,885
Ethnicity0.8% Black, 1.3% Hispanic
Voting age79.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
The 127th Maine Legislature began on December 3, 2014, and a new district map is being used; as a consequence, district pages are in the process of being updated. For a current list of incumbents, see the Maine Senate website.
Maine's twenty-fifth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Colleen Lachowicz.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 36,885 civilians reside within Maine's twenty-fifth state senate district.[1] Maine state senators represent an average of 37,953 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 36,426 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Maine State Senate serve two-year terms with term limits.[2] Maine legislators assume office after the first Wednesday in December after their election.

Qualifications

Section 6 of Part 2 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "The Senators shall be 25 years of age at the commencement of the term, for which they are elected, and in all other respects their qualifications shall be the same as those of the Representatives."

Section 4 of Part 1 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "Qualifications; residency requirement. No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Maine legislature are paid $13,852/year (first regular session) and $9,661/year (second regular session). Legislators receive $38/day per diem for one of two options: housing or mileage and tolls. Additionally, legislators receive $32/day for meals.[3]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Maine legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Maine Term Limits Act in 1993. That initiative said that Maine senators are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1993 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 1996.[2]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat.[4][5] The Governor must call for an election and allow all political committees representing the vacant seat to set all deadlines.[6][4][5] The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. Catherine Breen defeated Stephen Woods in the Democratic primary. William Gardiner was unopposed in the Republican primary but withdrew afterwards; Cathy Manchester was selected as his replacement. Breen defeated Manchester in the general election. Manchester requested a recount, which reversed the outcome of the race, with Manchester at 10,927 votes and Breen at 10,916. Breen did not agree with result, leaving the issue to be decided by the Senate with the advice of a committee appointed by the Senate President. Due to the election night results, Breen was still recognized as the district's senator-elect by the Maine Secretary of State and was expected to be seated when the chamber met on December 3. However, the Senate voted 20-14, along party lines, to seat Manchester. On December 9, the committee's investigation revealed that 21 ballots for Manchester were counted twice in the recount, refuting what had been seen as 21 extra "phantom ballots" for Manchester appearing from the town of Long Island. Manchester promptly resigned following the discovery; although Breen is now recognized as senator-elect, the Senate is still tasked with voting on a winner when it convenes in January.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Maine State Senate District 25, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Breen 48.1% 10,930
     Republican Cathy Manchester 48% 10,898
     None Blank Votes 3.9% 888
Total Votes 22,716


Maine State Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Breen 67.8% 2,164
Stephen Woods 32.2% 1,028
Total Votes 3,192

2012

See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 15, 2012. Colleen Lachowicz (D) defeated incumbent Thomas Martin, Jr. (R) in the general election and defeated Dana Hernandez in the Democratic primary. Martin was unopposed in the Republican primary.[15][16]

Maine State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngColleen Lachowicz 52.8% 8,712
     Republican Thomas Martin, Jr. Incumbent 47.2% 7,773
Total Votes 16,485
Maine State Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngColleen Lachowicz 52.3% 827
Dana Hernandez 47.7% 755
Total Votes 1,582

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maine State Senate District 25 have raised a total of $305,238. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $20,349 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maine State Senate District 25
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $56,684 3 $18,895
2010 $105,371 3 $35,124
2008 $45,765 3 $15,255
2006 $46,962 2 $23,481
2004 $38,135 2 $19,068
2002 $10,530 1 $10,530
2000 $1,791 1 $1,791
Total $305,238 15 $20,349

See also

External links

References

  1. publicmapping.org, "Maine 2010 Census Selected Statistics," accessed October 17, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 ncsl.org, "Chart of Term Limits States," accessed December 16, 2013
  3. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Maine Legislature, "Maine Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 21A-381)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Maine Legislature, "Maine Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 21A-382)
  6. Maine Legislature, "Constitution of Maine," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Article IV, Section 5)
  7. Maine Legislature, "Maine Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 21A-361)
  8. Maine Secretary of State, "Senate District 25 recount will go to the Senate," November 18, 2014
  9. Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Primary Candidates," accessed May 8, 2014
  10. Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Non-Party Candidates," accessed June 2, 2014
  11. Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "Primary Election - June 10, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
  12. Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "General Election - November 4, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
  13. Bangor Daily News, "Maine Senate votes to seat GOP candidate Manchester in still-contested race," December 3, 2014
  14. Bangor Daily News, "Democrat wins Senate election after investigation reveals ‘phantom ballots’ for GOP opponent did not exist," December 9, 2014
  15. "Maine Secretary of State - Official primary results," accessed October 17, 2013
  16. "Maine Secretary of State - Official general election results," accessed October 17, 2013