Maryland House of Delegates District 7

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Maryland House of Delegates District 7
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Current incumbentRick Impallaria Republican Party
Patrick McDonough Republican Party
Kathy Szeliga Republican Party
Population128,491
Race86.39% White, 7.97% Black, 2.83% Asian, 1.80% Two or More Races, 0.70% Other, 0.30% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.02% Pacific Islander
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maryland's seventh state house district is represented by Republican Representatives Rick Impallaria, Patrick McDonough and Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 128,491 civilians reside within Maryland's seventh 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 filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Bob Bowie, Jr., Pete Definbaugh and Norman Gifford, Jr. were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbents Rick Impallaria, Pat McDonough and Kathy Szeliga defeated David Seman and Tina Sutherland in the Republican primary.[8][9]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat McDonough Incumbent 29% 6,971
Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Szeliga Incumbent 25.5% 6,125
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Impallaria Incumbent 24.1% 5,790
David Seman 14.5% 3,483
Tina Sutherland 7% 1,675
Total Votes 24,044

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. Kathy Szeliga (R) and incumbents Rick Impallaria (R) and Patrick McDonough (R) defeated Jeff Beard (D), James Morrow (D) and Kristina Sargent (D) in the general election. Szeliga, Impallaria and McDonough defeated six others in the Republican primary. Beard, Morrow and Sargent defeated David Mioduszewski in the Democratic primary.[10][11]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 7, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick McDonough Incumbent 23.1% 27,217
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Impallaria Incumbent 21.6% 25,420
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Szeliga Incumbent 20.9% 24,573
     Democratic Jeff Beard 12.7% 14,885
     Democratic Kristina Sargent 11.5% 13,551
     Democratic James Morrow 10.2% 11,960
Total Votes 117,606

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland House of Delegates District 7 have raised a total of $1,023,009. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $19,673 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland House of Delegates District 7
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $58,514 3 $19,505
2010 $291,158 13 $22,397
2008 $56,004 3 $18,668
2006 $261,745 13 $20,134
2004 $59,129 3 $19,710
2002 $296,459 17 $17,439
Total $1,023,009 52 $19,673

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