Rhode Island State Senate District 17

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Rhode Island State Senate District 17
Current incumbentEdward O'Neill Independent
Population27,116
Ethnicity12% Black, 11.8% Hispanic
Voting age77.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Rhode Island's seventeenth state senate district is represented by Independent Senator Edward O'Neill.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 27,116 civilians reside within Rhode Island's seventeenth state senate district.[1] Rhode Island state senators represent an average of 27,699 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 27,587 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Rhode Island State Senate serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Rhode Island legislators assume office the first Tuesday in January.

Qualifications

Article III of the Rhode Island Constitution lays out the requirements for officeholders of Rhode Island's state government.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Rhode Island Legislature are paid $14,185.95/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive no per diem.[2]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Secretary of State must call for an election to be held anywhere from 70 to 90 days after the vacancy occurred. No election can be held if the vacancy happens after the first Monday in February during an election year.[3] The person elected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Keven McKenna was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Edward O'Neill is running as an Independent candidate. McKenna and O'Neill will face off in the general election.[5][6]

2012

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 27, 2012. Incumbent Edward O'Neill (I) defeated John J. Cullen (D) and Derek M. Meiklejohn (I) in the general election. Cullen defeated Louis E. Azar in the Democratic primary.[7][8]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngEdward O'Neill Incumbent 57.3% 7,588
     Democratic John J. Cullen 36.1% 4,776
     Independent Derek M. Meiklejohn 6.4% 842
     Other Write-in 0.2% 26
Total Votes 13,232
Rhode Island State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cullen 50.3% 1,272
Louis Azar 49.7% 1,259
Total Votes 2,531

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Rhode Island State Senate District 17 have raised a total of $996,836. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $62,302 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Rhode Island State Senate District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $36,273 4 $9,068
2010 $106,710 3 $35,570
2008 $293,359 2 $146,680
2006 $303,364 2 $151,682
2004 $227,595 3 $75,865
2002 $28,875 1 $28,875
2000 $660 1 $660
Total $996,836 16 $62,302
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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