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Massachusetts House of Representatives First Essex District

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Massachusetts House of Representatives First Essex District
Current incumbentJames Kelcourse Republican Party
Population18,398
Race96.36% White, 0.61% Black, 0.95% Asian[1]
Ethnicity1.74% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Massachusetts' First Essex state house district is represented by Republican Representative James Kelcourse.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 18,398 civilians reside within Massachusetts' First Essex state house district.[2] Massachusetts state representatives represent an average of 40,923 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 39,682 residents.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.[7]

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. Edward Cameron defeated Robert Lavoie in the Democratic primary. James Kelcourse was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kelcourse defeated Cameron and independents Ari Herzog, Rama Valianti and Steven Stanganelli in the general election.[8] Initial results placed Cameron ahead of Kelcourse. However, following a recount on November 19, 2014, the Governor and Council certified Kelcourse as the winner of the election.[9]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, First Essex District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Kelcourse 42% 6,978
     Democratic Edward Cameron 42% 6,968
     Independent Ari Herzog 9.8% 1,628
     Independent Steven Stanganelli 4.8% 791
     Independent Rama Valianti 1.4% 231
Total Votes 16,596
Massachusetts House of Representatives, First Essex District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Cameron 62.3% 2,783
Robert Lavoie 37.7% 1,686
Total Votes 4,469

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.[10] Incumbent Michael Costello (D) was unopposed in the general election and the Democratic primary.[11][12]

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives First Essex District have raised a total of $193,290. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $193,290 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives First Essex District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $193,290 1 $193,290
Total $193,290 1 $193,290
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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