New Jersey General Assembly District 15
|New Jersey General Assembly District 15|
|Current incumbent||Reed Gusciora|
|Bonnie Watson Coleman|
|Race||53.2% 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|
|Ethnicity||81.9% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 18.1% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)|
|Voting age||78.1% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 5, 2013|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 204,558 civilians reside within New Jersey's fifteenth general assembly district. New Jersey General Assembly members represents an average of 219,797 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 210,359 residents.
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.
In order to be a candidate to run for the New Jersey General Assembly, a candidate must:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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