North Carolina House of Representatives District 85
|North Carolina House of Representatives District 85|
|Current incumbent||Josh Dobson|
|Race||91.82% White, 3.16% Black, 0.42% Native American, 0.6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 2.9% Single Race Other, 1.1% Multi-Race|
|Ethnicity||4.87% Hispanic, 95.13% Non-Hispanic|
|Voting age||79.7% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 78,372 civilians reside within North Carolina's eighty-fifth state house district. North Carolina state representatives represent an average of 79,462 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 67,078 residents.
About the office
Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. North Carolina legislators assume office the first day of the new General Assembly in January.
Article 2, Section 7 of the North Carolina Constitution states: Each Representative, at the time of his election, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the North Carolina Legislature are paid $13,951/year. Per diem is $104/day set by statute. Legislators are allowed up to $559/month for expenses.
If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor is responsible for selecting a replacement. When making the appointment, the Governor must make the selection from a list of recommended candidates submitted by the political party committee that holds the vacant seat. The appointment must be made by the Governor within seven days of receiving the list of recommended candidates. The person selected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.
Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Josh Dobson was unopposed in the Republican primary, while JR Edwards was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Edwards and Dobson will face off in the general election.
Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 8, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 29, 2012. Incumbent Mitch Gillespie (R) defeated JR Edwards (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the May 8 primary elections. 
|North Carolina House of Representatives, District 85, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mitch Gillespie Incumbent||68.5%||21,895|
Since 2000, candidates for North Carolina House of Representatives District 85 have raised a total of $656,035. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $46,860 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, North Carolina House of Representatives District 85|
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