New Hampshire House of Representatives District Grafton 8

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New Hampshire House of Representatives District Grafton 08
Current incumbentSuzanne Smith Democratic Party
Sid Lovett Democratic Party
Mary Cooney Democratic Party
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
New Hampshire's eighth Grafton state house district is represented by Suzanne Smith (D), Sid Lovett (D) and Mary Cooney (D).

New Hampshire state representatives represent an average of 3,291 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 3,089 residents.[2]

About the office

Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. New Hampshire legislators assume office the month after elections (December).

Qualifications

Article 14 of Part 2 of the New Hampshire Constitution states, "Every member of the house of representatives shall be chosen by ballot; and, for two years, at least, next preceding his election shall have been an inhabitant of this state; shall be, at the time of his election, an inhabitant of the town, ward, place, or district he may be chosen to represent and shall cease to represent such town, ward, place, or district immediately on his ceasing to be qualified as aforesaid."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the New Hampshire General Court are paid $200/two-year term. There is no per diem.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. It's up to the Governor to call for an election and to set an election date as soon as possible. There are no deadlines set by the state constitution on special elections.[4][5]

Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014. Incumbents Suzanne Smith and Mary Cooney were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Edward M. Swanson, Omer C. Ahern, Jr. and John H. Tucker were unopposed in the Republican primary. Travis Bennett ran as a write-in candidate in the Democratic primary and received the required votes to be placed on the November ballot. Smith, Cooney, Bennett, Swanson, Ahern and Tucker faced off in the general election.[6] Bennett, incumbent Smith, and incumbent Cooney defeated Swanson, Ahern, and Tucker in the general election.[7]


New Hampshire House of Representatives Grafton 8 District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Smith Incumbent 19.7% 1,679
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Cooney Incumbent 19.1% 1,630
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTravis Bennett 17.7% 1,503
     Republican Omer C. Ahern, Jr. 15.6% 1,330
     Republican John H. Tucker 14.5% 1,232
     Republican Edward M. Swanson 13.3% 1,131
     NA Scatter 0.1% 10
Total Votes 8,515

2012

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 15, 2012. Incumbent Suzanne Smith (D), Sid Lovett (D) and incumbent Mary Cooney (D) defeated Ralph Larson (R), Neil F. McIver (R) and John H. Randlett (R) in the general election. Smith, Cooney and Larson were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Larson and McIver were unopposed in the Republican primary. Randlett was not added to the ballot until after the primary elections.[8][9][10]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Grafton 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSid Lovett 20.9% 2,648
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Cooney Incumbent 20.6% 2,609
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Smith Incumbent 20.6% 2,609
     Republican Neil McIver 14% 1,766
     Republican Ralph Larson 12% 1,521
     Republican John Randlett 11.8% 1,495
Total Votes 12,648

Campaign contributions

Since 2004, candidates for New Hampshire House of Representatives District Grafton 8 have raised a total of $15,663. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $475 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New Hampshire House of Representatives District Grafton 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $0 9 $0
2010 $5,127 8 $641
2008 $4,225 6 $704
2006 $6,311 6 $1,052
2004 $0 4 $0
Total $15,663 33 $475
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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