Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Bristol District
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Bristol District|
|Current incumbent||Carole Fiola|
|Race||88.88% White, 3.47% Black, 2.52% Asian|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 42,605 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Sixth Bristol state house district. Massachusetts state representatives represent an average of 40,923 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 39,682 residents.
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.
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.
- 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.
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. Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.
Carole Fiola (D) won election in a 2013 special election for Massachusetts House of Representatives 6th Bristol District. The seat was vacant following David Sullivan's (D) resignation to become the executive director of the Fall River Housing Authority. Fiola defeated David J. Dennis, Bradford L. Kilby and Gerald Potvin in the August 13 Democratic primary and defeated David L. Steinhof (R) in the special election, which took place on September 10, 2013. Steinhof was unopposed in the Republican primary. 
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, 6th Bristol District, Special Election, 2013|
|Republican||David L. Steinhof||46.9%||2,564|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, 6th Bristol District Democratic Primary, 2013|
|David J. Dennis||31.3%||1,312|
|Bradford L. Kilby||16.5%||690|
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. Incumbent David Sullivan (D) was unopposed in the general election and the Democratic primary.
Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Bristol District have raised a total of $40,787. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $40,787 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Bristol District|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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