New Hampshire House of Representatives District Grafton 8
|New Hampshire House of Representatives District Grafton 08|
|Current incumbent||Suzanne Smith|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
About the office
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."
- 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.
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.
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. Bennett, incumbent Smith, and incumbent Cooney defeated Swanson, Ahern, and Tucker in the general election.
|New Hampshire House of Representatives Grafton 8 District, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Suzanne Smith Incumbent||19.7%||1,679|
|Democratic||Mary Cooney Incumbent||19.1%||1,630|
|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|
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.
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|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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