Maryland State Senate District 15

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Maryland State Senate District 15
Current incumbentBrian Feldman
Population120,006
Race61.30% White, 22.32% Asian, 10.56% Black, 3.47% Two or More Races, 2.12% Other, 0.21% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.03% Pacific Islander
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Maryland's fifteenth state senate district is currently held by Democratic Senator Brian Feldman.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 120,006 civilians reside within Maryland's fifteenth state senate district.[1] Maryland state senators represent an average of 128,180 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,842 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Maryland State Senate 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 senate.[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 State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate 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 Brian Feldman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Robin Ficker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Feldman defeated Ficker in the general election.[8][9]

Maryland State Senate District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Feldman Incumbent 60.5% 19,925
     Republican Robin Ficker 39.5% 13,028
Total Votes 32,953

2010

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate 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. Incumbent Robert Garagiola (D) defeated Dwight Patel (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the September 14 primary elections.[10][11]

Maryland State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Garagiola Incumbent 63.8% 25,648
     Republican Dwight Patel 36.2% 14,570
Total Votes 40,218

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland State Senate District 15 have raised a total of $1,017,346. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $113,038 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State Senate District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $116,820 1 $116,820
2010 $212,107 2 $106,054
2008 $168,840 1 $168,840
2006 $182,549 2 $91,275
2004 $81,776 1 $81,776
2002 $255,254 2 $127,627
Total $1,017,346 9 $113,038

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