New Jersey General Assembly District 15

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New Jersey General Assembly District 15
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Current incumbentReed Gusciora Democratic Party
Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic Party
Population204,558
Race53.2% White, 29.2% Black, 0.41% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 6.28% Asian, 0.09% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 7.68% Some other race alone, 3.12% Two or More Races
Ethnicity81.9% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 18.1% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
Voting age78.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 5, 2013
New Jersey's fifteenth general assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Reed Gusciora and Democratic Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 204,558 civilians reside within New Jersey's fifteenth general assembly district.[1] New Jersey General Assembly members represents an average of 219,797 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 210,359 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the New Jersey General Assembly serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. New Jersey legislators assume office at noon of the second Tuesday in January following the election.

Qualifications

In order to be a candidate to run for the New Jersey General Assembly, a candidate must:[4]

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Reside for no less than two years in the district the candidate plans to represent.
  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Obtain 100 signatures via petition and submit the signatures to the New Jersey Secretary of State.
  • Disclose any criminal convictions.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the New Jersey Legislature are paid $49,000/year. There is no per diem.[5]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

There are two ways to fill an vacancy in the house. For any vacancy that happens in session, a special election must be conducted within 51 days of the vacancy. All other vacancies must be filled by the county leadership of the political party that holds the seat.[6]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Elections for the office of New Jersey General Assembly consisted of a primary election on June 4, 2013, and a general election on November 5, 2013. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 1, 2013. Incumbent Reed Gusciora (D) and incumbent Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) defeated Kim Taylor (R) and Anthony Giordano (R) in the general election. Gusciora and Watson Coleman were bracketed together, and ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Taylor and Giordano were bracketed together, and ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[7][8][9][10]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman Incumbent 31.4% 29,109
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReed Gusciora Incumbent 31.1% 28,848
     Republican Anthony Giordano 18.8% 17,429
     Republican Kim Taylor 18.7% 17,310
Total Votes 92,696

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Elections for the office of New Jersey General Assembly consisted of a primary election on June 7, 2011, and a general election on November 8, 2011. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2011. Incumbents Reed Gusciora (D) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) defeated Peter Yull (R) and Kathy Kilcommons (R) in the general election. Gusciora and Coleman were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Yull and Kilcommons were unopposed in the Republican primary.[11][12][13]

New Jersey General Assembly District 15 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReed Gusciora Incumbent 32.5% 20,350
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman Incumbent 32.8% 20,505
     Republican Peter Yull 17.3% 10,817
     Republican Kathy Kilcommons 17.4% 10,914
Total Votes 62,586

Campaign contributions

Since 2001, candidates for New Jersey General Assembly District 15 have raised a total of $3,118,124. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $103,937 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New Jersey General Assembly District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $592,918 5 $118,584
2009 $917,231 5 $183,446
2007 $596,658 5 $119,332
2005 $504,553 4 $126,138
2003 $293,216 6 $48,869
2001 $213,548 5 $42,710
Total $3,118,124 30 $103,937

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