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Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Hampden District

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Hampden District
Current incumbentVacant
Population41,094
Race92.77% White, 1.61% Black, 1.30% Asian[1]
Ethnicity7.54% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Massachusetts' Fourth Hampden state house district is currently vacant. It was formerly represented by Republican Donald Humason, Jr. prior to his election to the Massachusetts State Senate.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 41,094 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Fourth Hampden state house district.[2] Massachusetts state senators 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

General election

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 John C. Velis was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dan Allie was unopposed in the Republican primary. Velis defeated Allie in the general election.[8]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Hampden District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Velis Incumbent 58.9% 7,327
     Republican Dan Allie 41.1% 5,111
Total Votes 12,438

Special election

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2014

John C. Velis (D) defeated Dan Allie (R) in the special election, which took place on April 1. Velis was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Allie was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10][11]

The seat was vacant following Donald F. Humason, Jr.'s (R) election to the Massachusetts State Senate.[12]

A special election for the position of Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Hampden District was called for April 1, with a primary on March 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28.[12]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Hampden District, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Velis 53.4% 2,697
     Republican Dan Allie 46.6% 2,354
Total Votes 5,051

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.[13] Incumbent Donald Humason, Jr. (R) was unopposed in the general election and the Republican primary.[14][15]

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Hampden District have raised a total of $37,472. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $37,472 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Hampden District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $37,472 1 $37,472
Total $37,472 1 $37,472
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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References

  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Massachusetts Legislature, House district statistics. Retrieved November 6, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed September 11, 2013
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  5. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Massachusetts General Court, "Massachusetts Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Chapter 50, Section 6A)
  7. Massachusetts General Court, "Massachusetts Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Chapter 3: Section 10A)
  8. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
  9. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed February 18, 2014
  10. nepr.net, "Democrat Velis Snags Westfield State House Seat From GOP," April 1, 2014
  11. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 masslive.com, "Special election to fill Don Humason's former 4th Hampden District House seat set," December 30, 2013
  13. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “A Candidate’s Guide to the 2012 State Election.” Retrieved November 2, 2013
  14. Massachusetts Secretary of State, 2012 primary election results. Retrieved November 2, 2013
  15. Massachusetts Secretary of State, 2012 general election results. Retrieved November 2, 2013