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Marcus Hunter
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Louisiana House of Representatives, District 17
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 19, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Marcus L. Hunter is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Hunter was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana.[1] He was defeated in the open primary on October 19, 2013.[2]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Hunter served on the following committees:

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

In a forum on October 8, 2013, at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Hunter commented on the shutdown, saying it is a result of disagreements over the health-care reform law.[3]

“They’re tying something to the budget that has nothing to do with the budget,” Hunter said. “Sometimes you have to tell people, ‘This is not the time to have that fight.’”[3]

Elections

2013

See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Hunter ran for the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana. The election was held to replace Rodney Alexander, who announced his resignation in order to take a position as the next Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs at the end of September 2013.[4][1]He was defeated in the open primary on October 19, 2013.[2]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Special Election Open Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Riser 32% 33,045
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVance McAllister 17.8% 18,386
     Republican Clyde Holloway 10.9% 11,250
     Republican Phillip "Blake" Weatherly 0.5% 517
     Republican Jay Morris 6.9% 7,083
     Democratic Marcus Hunter 3% 3,088
     Democratic Robert Johnson 9.6% 9,971
     Democratic Jamie Mayo 14.8% 15,317
     Democratic Weldon Russell 2.5% 2,554
     Libertarian Henry Herford, Jr. 0.9% 886
     Libertarian S.B.A. Zaitoon 0.1% 129
     Green Eliot Barron 0.5% 492
     Independent Tom Gibbs 0.3% 324
     Independent Peter Williams 0.3% 335
Total Votes 103,377
Source: Official results via Louisiana Secretary of State

2011

See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 19, 2011, Hunter won election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He faced Otis Chisley (D), Billye Burns (D) and Brenda Shelling (D) in the primary election on October 22, 2011. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, since no candidate reached this threshold, a general election took place on November 19 between Hunter and Burns.[5] Hunter narrowly defeated Burns to win the seat.[6]

Louisiana House of Representatives District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Hunter 50% 1,984
     Democratic Billy Burns 50% 1,981
Total Votes 3,965
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 17 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBillye Burns 37% 2,290
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Hunter 30.8% 1,909
     Democratic Brenda Shelling 20.2% 1,253
     Democratic Otis Chisley 12% 740
Total Votes 6,192

Candidacy challenged

Monroe resident Barbara Stevenson filed a complaint in early September 2011 challenging Hunter's candidacy. When he filed to run, Hunter listed his permanent residence as a house he wasn't actually living in. The complaint ended up being thrown out as Stevenson was no longer a registered voter when she filed the complaint, leaving it without merit. Questions about Hunter's residency remained, but the deadline for challenges passed, allowing Hunter to remain on the ballot.[7]

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Hunter received $41,898 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Marcus Hunter's campaign in 2011
Hunter, Marcus L$8,504
Willie Hunter Jr Attorney$3,180
Dennis Hennen Attorney$2,500
Elite Healthcare Alliance Of Louisiana$1,000
Carl Rice & Associates$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $41,898
Total Votes received in 2011 1,984
Cost of each vote received $21.12

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rosalind Jones
Louisiana House of Representatives District 17
2012-present
Succeeded by
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