Michigan House of Representatives District 8

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Michigan House of Representatives District 8
Current incumbentDavid Nathan Democratic Party
Population71,791
Gender55.1% Female, 44.9% Male
Race96.8% Black, 1.6% Two or More Races, 1.0% White, 0.2% Other, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian
Ethnicity99.3% Non-Hispanic, 0.7% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's eighth state house district is held by Democratic Representative David Nathan.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 71,791 civilians reside within Michigan's eighth 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. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo defeated five other challengers in the Democratic primary. Christopher Ewald was unopposed in the Republican primary.[8][9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Gay-Dagnogo 45.5% 4,318
Stacy Pugh 28.2% 2,674
Muhsin Muhammad 8.4% 793
Nichole Hampton 8% 760
Mia Grillier 7.3% 696
Cyrus Wheeler 2.7% 254
Total Votes 9,495

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 David Nathan (D) defeated David Porter (R) in the general election. Nathan defeated Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, Taryn Jones and Mia Grillier in the Democratic primary. Porter was unopposed in the Republican primary.[12][13]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Nathan Incumbent 96.9% 38,792
     Republican David Porter 3.1% 1,231
Total Votes 40,023
Michigan House of Representatives, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Nathan Incumbent 44.9% 4,790
Sherry Gay-Dagnogo 34.2% 3,646
Mia Grillier 10.9% 1,162
Taryn Jones 10% 1,064
Total Votes 10,662

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maryland State House District 8 have raised a total of $538,220. 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 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $103,222 5 $20,644
2010 $75,909 14 $5,422
2008 $82,713 6 $13,786
2006 $49,018 9 $5,446
2004 $97,013 11 $8,819
2002 $75,591 12 $6,299
2000 $54,754 2a $Expression error: Unrecognized word "a".
Total $538,220 Expression error: Unrecognized word "a". $Expression error: Unrecognized word "a".

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