Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifteenth Worcester District

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifteenth Worcester District
Current incumbentMary Keefe Democratic Party
Population39,568
Race60.22% White, 13.60% Black, 6.45% Asian
Ethnicity31.90% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Massachusetts' Fifteenth Worcester state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Mary Keefe.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 39,568 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Fifteenth Worcester state house district.[1] Massachusetts state senators represent an average of 163,691 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 158,727 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Massachusetts legislators assume office the first Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Article LXXI of the Massachusetts Constitution states: Every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen and shall cease to represent such district when he shall cease to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Massachusetts General Court are paid $61,133/year. Legislators receive between $10/day to $100/day per diem, depending on distance from the state house. Compensation is vouchered and set by the legislature.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The election must be held on the next regularly scheduled date on the election calendar.[5] Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Mary Keefe defeated Philip Palmieri and Ralph Perez in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.[7]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifteenth Worcester District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Keefe Incumbent 56.6% 1,343
Philip Palmieri 35.7% 846
Ralph Perez 7.7% 182
Total Votes 2,371

2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 6, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 29, 2012.[8] Mary Keefe (D) defeated Brian O'Malley (R) in the general election. Keefe defeated four others in the Democratic primary. O'Malley was unopposed the Republican primary.[9][10]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifteenth Worcester District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Keefe 75.5% 7,654
     Republican Brian O'Malley 24.5% 2,489
Total Votes 10,143
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifteenth Worcester District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Keefe 38.6% 970
Dianna Biancheria 30% 755
Kate Toomey 23.1% 581
Frank Beshai 5.1% 129
Ralph Perez 3.1% 78
Total Votes 2,513

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifteenth Worcester District have raised a total of $84,847. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $14,141 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifteenth Worcester District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $84,847 6 $14,141
Total $84,847 6 $14,141
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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