Maryland House of Delegates District 20

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Maryland House of Delegates District 20
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Current incumbentSheila Hixson Democratic Party
David Moon Democratic Party
Will Smith Democratic Party
Population117,811
Race43.61% White, 31.71% Black, 12.33% Asian, 10.98% Other, 4.71% Two or More Races, 0.50% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.08% Pacific Islander[1]
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Maryland's twentieth state house district is held by Democratic Representatives Sheila Hixson, David Moon and Will Smith.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 117,811 civilians reside within Maryland's twentieth state house district.[2] Maryland state delegates represent an average of 40,947 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 37,564 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Maryland House of Delegates serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Maryland legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Section 9 of Article 3 of the Maryland Constitution states:

A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

If the district which the person has been chosen to represent has been established less than six months prior to the date of his election, then in addition to (1) and (2) above, he shall have resided in the district for as long as it has been established.

A person is eligible to serve as a Senator, if he has attained the age of twenty-five years, or as a Delegate, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years, on the date of his election.[5]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Maryland legislature are paid $43,500/year. Legislators receive $100/day for lodging. Additionally, they receive $42/day for meals and $225/day for out-of-state travel (which includes meals and lodging).[6]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

The governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the house.[7]

The governor has 30 days after the vacancy to make an appointment based on the recommendations of the political party committee that holds the vacant seat. The political party committee has up to 30 days after the vacancy to submit a list of recommended candidates to the governor. If the party committee fails to act within the 30 day deadline, the governor has 15 days to appoint a person from the political party that last held the seat.[8]

The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbent Sheila E. Hixson, David Moon, and Will Smith defeated Justin W. Chappell, D'Juan Hopewell, William Jawando, Jonathan Shurberg, Darlan Unger and George Zokle in the Democratic primary. Daniel S. Robinson ran as a Green Party candidate. Hixson, Moon and Smith defeated Robinson for three seats in the general election.[10][11][12]

Maryland House of Delegates District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Hixson Incumbent 31.8% 23,519
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWill Smith 29.7% 21,989
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Moon 29.3% 21,646
     Green Daniel S. Robinson 9.2% 6,801
Total Votes 73,955

Maryland House of Delegates, District 20 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Hixson Incumbent 24.5% 9,135
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Moon 18.7% 6,959
Green check mark transparent.pngWill Smith 16.1% 6,006
William Jawando 15.1% 5,620
Darlan Unger 11.5% 4,296
Jonathan Shurberg 8% 2,997
Justin W. Chappell 2.9% 1,076
D'Juan Hopewell 2.1% 778
George Zokel 1.1% 397
Total Votes 37,264

2010

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 6, 2010. Incumbents Sheila Hixson (D), Heather Mizeur (D) and Tom Hucker (D) were unopposed in the general election and defeated Chris Stoughton, Robert Estrada and Eli El in the Democratic primary.[13][14]

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland House of Delegates District 20 have raised a total of $1,995,762. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $58,699 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland House of Delegates District 20
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $180,532 3 $60,177
2010 $442,771 6 $73,795
2008 $231,296 3 $77,099
2006 $568,990 8 $71,124
2004 $193,403 3 $64,468
2002 $378,770 11 $34,434
Total $1,995,762 34 $58,699

See also

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References

  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Maryland Department of Planning, "Legislative Districts: Population by Race," accessed October 15, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed September 11, 2013
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. Maryland General Assembly, "Maryland Constitution," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section, Article III, Section 13, Subsection (a)(1))
  8. Maryland General Assembly, "Maryland Constitution," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section, Article III, Section 13, Subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2))
  9. Maryland General Assembly, "Maryland Constitution," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section, Article III, Section 13, Subsection (a)(4))
  10. Maryland Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed March 3, 2014
  11. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for House of Delegates," accessed December 5, 2014
  12. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2014 Official General Election Results," accessed April 30, 2015
  13. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Official Results - House of Delegates," accessed October 18, 2013
  14. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2010 Gubernatorial Primary Election - State Senator," accessed October 18, 2013