Michigan House of Representatives District 5

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Michigan House of Representatives District 5
Current incumbentFred Durhal, Jr. Democratic Party
Population71,246
Gender50.6% Male, 49.4% Female
Race62.0% Black, 22.3% White, 11.9% Asian, 0.4% Other, 0.4% Two or More Races, 0.3% Native American
Ethnicity98.6% Non-Hispanic, 1.4% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's fifth state house district is held by Democratic Representative Fred Durhal, Jr..

As of the 2010 census, a total of 71,246 civilians reside within Michigan's fifth state house district.[1] Michigan state representatives represent an average of 89,851 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 90,349 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Michigan legislators assume office the at noon on first day of January.

Qualifications

Section 7 of Article 4 of the Michigan Constitution states, "Each senator and representative must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and an elector of the district he represents. The removal of his domicile from the district shall be deemed a vacation of the office. No person who has been convicted of subversion or who has within the preceding 20 years been convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust shall be eligible for either house of the legislature."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Michigan Legislature are paid $71,685/year. Legislators can use up to $10,800/year for expenses.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Michigan legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Michigan Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Michigan representatives are subject to term limits of no more than three two-year terms, or a total of six years.[4]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2002.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever a vacancy occurs in the house, it is up to the Governor to call for a special election. A special election must be held during the next scheduled general election.[6] If the vacancy happened after the statewide primary, leaders of the respective party organizations within the Senate district can submit a list of nominees to be voted on by party leadership. A vote must be held no later than 21 days after the vacancy.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Fred Durhal III defeated Cynthia Johnson and four others in the Democratic primary. Dorothy Patterson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Durhal faces Patterson in the general election.[8][9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Durhal III 50.4% 2,360
Cynthia Johnson 32.6% 1,528
Ishmail Terry 7.2% 335
Tonya Wells 3.7% 172
William Phillips 3.1% 147
Ja'meka Armstrong 3% 139
Total Votes 4,681

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was May 15, 2012. The deadline for independent candidates was July 19, 2012. The deadline for write-in candidates was July 27, 2012.[11] Incumbent Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) defeated Samuel Rodriguez (R) in the general election. Durhal defeated four others in the Democratic primary. Rodriguez was unopposed in the Republican primary.[12][13]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFred Durhal, Jr. Incumbent 94.2% 22,996
     Republican Samuel Rodriguez 5.8% 1,413
Total Votes 24,409
Michigan House of Representatives, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Durhal, Jr. Incumbent 50.7% 2,752
Cynthia Ann Johnson 29.8% 1,620
Mark Murphy, Jr. 8.2% 447
Tonya Renay Wells 7.3% 398
Renard Berry 3.9% 213
Total Votes 5,430

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maryland State House District 5 have raised a total of $332,778. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $Expression error: Unrecognized word "a". on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State House District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $13,755 6 $2,293
2010 $26,609 17 $1,565
2008 $51,281 9 $5,698
2006 $85,907 12 $7,159
2004 $85,142 6 $14,190
2002 $25,985 3 $8,662
2000 $44,099 2a $Expression error: Unrecognized word "a".
Total $332,778 Expression error: Unrecognized word "a". $Expression error: Unrecognized word "a".

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