New Jersey State Senate District 17

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New Jersey State Senate District 17
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Current incumbentBob Smith Democratic Party
Population235,142
Race46.5% White, 19.3% Black, 0.45% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 20.41% Asian, 0.03% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 9.87% Some other race alone, 3.45% Two or More Races
Ethnicity78.4% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 21.6% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
Voting age78.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 7, 2017
New Jersey's seventeenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Bob Smith.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 235,142 civilians reside within New Jersey's seventeenth state senate district.[1] New Jersey state senators represent an average of 219,797 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 210,359 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the New Jersey State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Known as the "2-4-4" cycle, Senators serve four-year terms, except in the first term of a new decade, which only lasts for two years. New Jersey legislators assume office at noon of the second Tuesday in January following the election.

Qualifications

Senators must be 30 years of age or older, have lived in the state for a minimum of four years, and have lived in the district they represent.

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.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

There are two ways to fill an vacancy in the senate. If the vacancy happens in legislative session, a special election must be called within 51 days of the vacancy. All other vacancies must be filled by the county leadership of the political party that holds the seat.[5]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Elections for the office of New Jersey State Senate 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 Bob Smith (D) defeated Brian D. Levine (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the June 4 primary elections.[6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 17 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Smith Incumbent 59.8% 22,920
     Republican Brian D. Levine 40.2% 15,403
Total Votes 38,323

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Elections for the office of New Jersey State Senate 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. Incumbent Bob Smith (D) defeated Jordan Rickards (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the June 7 primary elections.[9][10][11]

New Jersey State Senate District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Smith Incumbent 64% 15,507
     Republican Jordan Rickards 36% 8,715
Total Votes 24,222

Campaign contributions

Since 2001, candidates for New Jersey State Senate District 17 have raised a total of $2,167,543. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $270,943 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New Jersey State Senate District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $676,008 2 $338,004
2007 $852,477 2 $426,239
2003 $300,189 2 $150,095
2001 $338,869 2 $169,435
Total $2,167,543 8 $270,943

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