Maryland House of Delegates District 8

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Maryland House of Delegates District 8
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Current incumbentJohn Cluster Republican Party
Joseph Boteler, III Republican Party
Eric Bromwell Democratic Party
Population124,527
Race67.05% White, 22.94% Black, 6.04% Asian, 2.29% Two or More Races, 1.39% Other, 0.26% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.04% Pacific Islander
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Maryland's eighth state house district is held by Republican Representatives John Cluster and Joseph Boteler, III, and Democratic Representative Eric Bromwell.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 124,527 civilians reside within Maryland's eighth 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 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 Eric Bromwell, Bill Paulshock and Renee Smith defeated Harry "H.B." Bhandari, Debbie Schillinger, Steve Verch and Kyle Arndreas Williams in the Democratic primary, while incumbent John Cluster, Christian Miele and Norma Secoura were unopposed in the Republican primary. Bromwell, Cluster and Miele defeated Paulshock, Smith, and Secoura for three seats in the general election.[8][9]

Maryland House of Delegates District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristian Miele 19.4% 20,164
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cluster Incumbent 19.2% 19,938
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Bromwell Incumbent 16.7% 17,361
     Democratic Bill Paulshock 15.3% 15,899
     Republican Norma Secoura 15.1% 15,660
     Democratic Renee Smith 14.2% 14,704
Total Votes 103,726

Maryland House of Delegates, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Bromwell Incumbent 22.8% 5,601
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Paulshock 18.9% 4,632
Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Smith 18.4% 4,512
Harry "H.B." Bhandan 15.6% 3,828
Debbie Schillinger 12.7% 3,124
Steve Verch 7.1% 1,752
Kyle Arndreas Williams 4.5% 1,114
Total Votes 24,563

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. John Cluster (R) and incumbents Eric Bromwell (D) and Joseph Boteler, III (R) defeated two Democrats and one Republican in the general election. Boteler, Cluster and Norma Secoura defeated Rani Merryman in the Republican primary. Bromwell, Ruth Baisden and Cal Bowman were unopposed in the Democratic primary.[10][11]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 8, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Boteler, III Incumbent 19.4% 21,688
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cluster 17.4% 19,462
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Bromwell Incumbent 17.3% 19,379
     Democratic Ruth Baisden 16.7% 18,640
     Republican Norma Secoura 14.7% 16,458
     Democratic Cal Bowman 14.4% 16,101
Total Votes 111,728

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland House of Delegates District 8 have raised a total of $1,163,647. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $30,622 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland House of Delegates District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $57,559 3 $19,186
2010 $218,613 7 $31,230
2008 $78,515 3 $26,172
2006 $297,753 10 $29,775
2004 $85,209 3 $28,403
2002 $425,998 12 $35,500
Total $1,163,647 38 $30,622

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