Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District

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Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District
Current incumbentVacant
Population168,367
Race76.99% White, 10.41% Asian, 6.37% Black, 1.17% Other, 0.33% Two or More Races, 0.24% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity95.55% Non-Hispanic, 4.45% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Massachusetts' Fifth Middlesex state senate district, whose seat is current vacant, was previously represented by Democratic U.S. Representative Katherine Clark.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 168,367 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Fifth Middlesex state senate district.[1] Massachusetts state senators represent an average of 163,691 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 158,727 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Massachusetts State Senate 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 senate, 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 state legislative special elections, 2014

Jason M. Lewis (D) defeated Monica C. Medeiros (R) in the special election, which took place on April 1.[7][8] Lewis defeated Christopher G. Fallon and Anthony V. Guardia in the Democratic primary, while Medeiros was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10]

The seat was vacant following Katherine Clark's (D) election to Massachusetts' Fifth Congressional District.

A special election for the position of Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex 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.[11]

Massachusetts State Senate, Fifth Middlesex District, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason M. Lewis 53.2% 10,611
     Republican Monica C. Medeiros 46.8% 9,321
Total Votes 19,932

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate 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.[12] Incumbent Katherine Clark (D) was unopposed in the general election and the Democratic primary.[13][14]

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District have raised a total of $121,302. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $121,302 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $121,302 1 $121,302
Total $121,302 1 $121,302
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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