Maryland State Senate District 31

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Maryland State Senate District 31
Current incumbentBryan Simonaire Republican Party
Population127,525
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maryland's thirty-first state senate district is held by Republican Senator Bryan Simonaire.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 127,525 civilians reside within Maryland's thirty-first 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 will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Anthony Scott Harman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bryan Simonaire was unopposed in the Republican primary. Simonaire faces Harman in the general election.[8][9]

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 Bryan Simonaire (R) defeated Ned Carey (D) in the general election. Simonaire defeated William Capps, Jr. in the Republican primary. Carey defeated John Booze in the Democratic primary.[10][11]

Maryland State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Simonaire Incumbent 62.1% 25,744
     Democratic Ned Carey 37.9% 15,688
Total Votes 41,432

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland State Senate District 31 have raised a total of $803,231. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $50,202 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State Senate District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $38,777 1 $38,777
2010 $102,660 4 $25,665
2008 $24,029 1 $24,029
2006 $375,530 7 $53,647
2004 $103,266 1 $103,266
2002 $158,969 2 $79,485
Total $803,231 16 $50,202

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