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North Carolina State Senate District 21

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North Carolina State Senate District 21
Current incumbentBen Clark Democratic Party
Population183,202
Race35.39% White, 50.23% Black, 3.37% Native American, 2.16% Asian/Pacific Islander, 4.03% Single Race Other, 4.83% Multi-Race
Ethnicity89.52% Non Hispanic, 10.48% Hispanic
Voting age72.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
North Carolina's twenty-first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Ben Clark.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 183,202 civilians reside within North Carolina's twenty-first state senate district.[1] North Carolina state senators represent an average of 190,710 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 160,986 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the North Carolina State Senate 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.

Qualifications

Article 2, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution states: Each Senator, at the time of his election, shall be not less than 25 years of age, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the State as a citizen for two years and in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.

Salaries

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.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor is responsible for selecting a replacement.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate 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 Ben Clark defeated Sylvia Adamczyk, Billy R. King and Eronomy Smith in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[8][9]

2012

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate 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. Ben Clark (D) was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012. He advanced to a primary runoff after running against Larry Shaw, Eronomy Smith, Allen Thomas, Jr., Curtis Worthy and Billy R. King in the Democratic primary on May 8. He then defeated Billy R. King in the July 17, 2012 runoff.[10][11][12]

North Carolina State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Clark 100% 57,805
Total Votes 57,805
North Carolina State Senate District 21 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBilly R. King (advanced to runoff) 24.5% 4,353
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Clark (advanced to runoff) 19.8% 3,525
Larry Shaw 19.8% 3,523
Curtis Worthy 19% 3,385
Allen Thomas, Jr. 14% 2,489
Eronomy Smith 2.9% 523
Total Votes 17,798

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for North Carolina State Senate District 21 have raised a total of $867,298. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $29,907 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, North Carolina State Senate District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $75,174 6 $12,529
2010 $262,198 5 $52,440
2008 $10,475 2 $5,238
2006 $49,060 5 $9,812
2004 $47,336 5 $9,467
2002 $16,087 3 $5,362
2000 $406,968 3 $135,656
Total $867,298 29 $29,907

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