Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Essex District
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Essex District|
|Current incumbent||Leah Cole|
|Race||89.00% White, 2.75% Black, 1.78% Asian|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 39,947 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Twelfth Essex 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.
Leah Cole (R) won election in the special election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Essex District. The seat was vacant following the death of Joyce Spiliotis (D) on November 29, 2012. Cole defeated Gregory S. Bunn in the March 5 Republican primary and defeated Beverly A. Griffin Dunne (D) and Dave Gravel (I) in the special election which took place on April 2, 2013. 
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Essex District, Special Election, 2013|
|Democratic||Beverly A. Griffin Dunne||33.8%||1,805|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Essex District Republican Primary, 2013|
|Gregory S. Bunn||47.3%||460|
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 Joyce Spiliotis (D) was unopposed in the general election and the Democratic primary.
Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Essex District have raised a total of $13,625. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $13,625 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Essex District|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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