Michigan House of Representatives District 73

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Michigan House of Representatives District 73
Current incumbentPeter MacGregor Republican Party
Population105,447
Gender50.6% Female, 49.4% Male
Race95.3% White, 1.7% Two or More Races, 1.0% Black, 0.9% Other, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% Native American
Ethnicity97.0% Non-Hispanic, 3.0% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's seventy-third state house district is held by Republican Representative Peter MacGregor.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 105,447 civilians reside within Michigan's seventy-third 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 took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Mary Polonowski was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Chris Afendoulis defeated six other challengers in the Republican primary. Afendoulis defeated Polonowski in the general election.[8][9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 73 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Afendoulis 67.7% 24,256
     Democratic Mary Polonowski 32.3% 11,561
Total Votes 35,817
Michigan House of Representatives, District 73 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Afendoulis 36.1% 5,071
Robert Regan 20.9% 2,940
Frank Pfaff, Jr. 19.9% 2,791
John Decker 11.4% 1,602
Tom Norton 7.4% 1,032
Brady Middleton 2.8% 393
Brian Downs 1.5% 210
Total Votes 14,039

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 Peter MacGregor (R) defeated Scott Schuiling (D), Ron Heeren (L) and Ted Gerrard (UST) in the general election. The former two candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.[12][13]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 73, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter MacGregor Incumbent 63.5% 32,466
     Democratic Scott Schuiling 32.2% 16,489
     Libertarian Ron Heeren 3% 1,537
     U.S. Taxpayers Ted Gerrard 1.3% 666
Total Votes 51,158

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 73 have raised a total of $554,893. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $26,423 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 73
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $99,444 1 $99,444
2010 $144,031 8 $18,004
2008 $85,217 2 $42,609
2006 $38,715 2 $19,358
2004 $131,500 5 $26,300
2002 $28,686 2 $14,343
2000 $27,300 1 $27,300
Total $554,893 21 $26,423

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