New Jersey State Senate District 20

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New Jersey State Senate District 20
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Current incumbentRaymond Lesniak Democratic Party
Population210,628
Race53.2% White, 25.9% Black, 0.57% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 4.46% Asian, 0.04% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 12.10% Some other race alone, 3.75% Two or More Races
Ethnicity57.4% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 42.6% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
Voting age75.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 5, 2013
New Jersey's twentieth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Raymond Lesniak.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 210,628 civilians reside within New Jersey's twentieth 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 Raymond Lesniak (D) was unopposed in the general election, and defeated Donna Obe in the Democratic primary.[6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 20 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond Lesniak Incumbent 100% 21,251
Total Votes 21,251

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 Raymond Lesniak (D) defeated Helen Rosales (R) in the general election. Lesniak defeated Jerome Dunn in the Democratic primary to advance to the general election, and Rosales was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10][11]

New Jersey State Senate District 20 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond Lesniak Incumbent 75.5% 12,510
     Republican Helen Rosales 24.5% 4,052
Total Votes 16,562

Campaign contributions

Since 2001, candidates for New Jersey State Senate District 20 have raised a total of $1,607,950. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $123,688 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New Jersey State Senate District 20
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $886,178 3 $295,393
2007 $240,142 3 $80,047
2003 $203,453 4 $50,863
2001 $278,177 3 $92,726
Total $1,607,950 13 $123,688

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