Montana House of Representatives District 31

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Montana House of Representatives District 31
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Current incumbentBridget Smith Democratic Party
Population9,837
Voting age67.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Montana's thirty-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Bridget Smith.

As of the 2012 census, a total of 9,837 civilians reside within Montana's thirty-first state house district.[1] Montana state representatives represent an average of 9,894 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 9,022 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Montana House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Montana legislators assume office the first Monday of January following the election.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Montana House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[4]

  • A resident of the state for at least one year next preceding the general election
  • A resident of the county for six months preceding the general election if it contains one or more districts or of the district if it contains all or parts of more than one county.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Montana legislature are paid $82.64/day. Per diem is $105.31/day.[5]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Board of County Commissioners that represent the vacant seat must select a replacement. The Secretary of State must notify the Board of Commissioners and the county central committee of the political party that holds the vacant seat no later than seven days after the vacancy happened. The county central committee has 45 days after receiving notice from the Secretary of State to provide a list of candidates to the Board of County Commissioners. The board must select a replacement no later than 15 days after receiving the list of candidates. If the Senate is in session, the selection must be made no later than five days after receiving a candidate list.[6] Any person selected to fill a Senate seat serves until the next scheduled general election.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 12, 2012. Bridget Smith (D) defeated write-in candidates Walter White Tail Feather and Bill Whitehead in the general election after defeating them in the Democratic primary.[8][9][10]

Montana House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBridget Smith 86% 1,986
     Independent Walter White Tail Feather (write-in) 8% 184
     Independent Bill Whitehead (write-in) 6% 139
Total Votes 2,309
Montana House of Representatives, District 31 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBridget Smith 38.7% 237
Walter White Tail Feather 33.4% 205
Bill Whitehead 27.9% 171
Total Votes 613

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Montana House of Representatives District 31 have raised a total of $35,438. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $2,363 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Montana House of Representatives District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $802 3 $267
2010 $4,037 2 $2,019
2008 $1,780 1 $1,780
2006 $886 1 $886
2004 $5,950 2 $2,975
2002 $15,542 4 $3,886
2000 $6,441 2 $3,221
Total $35,438 15 $2,363

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