Maryland House of Delegates District 21

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Maryland House of Delegates District 21
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Current incumbentBen Barnes Democratic Party
Barbara Frush Democratic Party
Joseline Pena-Melnyk Democratic Party
Population128,118
Race48.63% White, 29.65% Black, 9.68% Asian, 7.69% Other, 3.83% Two or More Races, 0.45% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.07% Pacific Islander
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maryland's twenty-first state house district is held by Democratic Representatives Ben Barnes, Barbara Frush and Joseline Pena-Melnyk.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 128,118 civilians reside within Maryland's twenty-first state house district.[1] Maryland state delegates represent an average of 40,947 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 37,564 residents.[3]

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."

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 for meals and $225/day for out-of-state travel (which includes meals/lodging).[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the house.[5]

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.[6]

The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbents Ben Barnes, Barbara A. Frush and Joseline Pena-Melnyk were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Katherine Butcher was unopposed in the Republican primary.[8][9]

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 Ben Barnes (D), Barbara Frush (D) and Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D) defeated Scott Dibiasio (R), Kat Nelson (R) and Jason Papanikolas (R) in the general election. Barnes, Frush and Pena-Melnyk defeated Brian McDaniel and Devin Tucker in the Democratic primary. Debiasio, Nelson and Papanikolas were unopposed in the Republican primary.[10][11]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 21, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Barnes Incumbent 25.2% 18,954
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Frush Incumbent 24.8% 18,689
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseline Pena-Melnyk Incumbent 24.5% 18,457
     Republican Scott Dibiasio 8.2% 6,131
     Republican Kat Nelson 8% 6,013
     Republican Jason Papanikolas 7.7% 5,822
     Libertarian K. Bryan Walker 1.5% 1,151
Total Votes 75,217

Campaign contributions

Since 2002a, candidates for Maryland House of Delegates District 21 have raised a total of $795,750. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $22,104 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland House of Delegates District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $14,875 3 $4,958
2010 $214,689 9 $23,854
2008 $63,200 3 $21,067
2006 $318,309 9 $35,368
2004 $81,526 3 $27,175
2002 $103,151 9 $11,461
Total $795,750 36 $22,104

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