Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Hampden District

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Hampden District
Current incumbentAaron Vega Democratic Party
Population39,880
Race66.02% White, 4.68% Black, 1.07% Asian
Ethnicity48.43% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Massachusetts' Fifth Hampden state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Aaron Vega.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 39,880 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Fifth Hampden state house district.[1] Massachusetts state senators represent an average of 40,923 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 39,682 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 will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Aaron Vega was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[7]

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] Aaron Vega (D) defeated Linda Vacon (R) and Jerome T. Hobert (G) in the general election. Vega defeated incumbent Michael Kane in the Democratic primary.[9][10]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Vega Incumbent 60.8% 9,545
     Republican Linda Vacon 20.5% 3,211
     Green Jerome Hobert 18.7% 2,939
Total Votes 15,695
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Vega 66.1% 1,947
Michael Kane Incumbent 33.9% 999
Total Votes 2,946

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Hampden District have raised a total of $30,713. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $7,678 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Hampden District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $30,713 4 $7,678
Total $30,713 4 $7,678
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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