Rhode Island State Senate District 30

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Rhode Island State Senate District 30
Current incumbentWilliam Walaska Democratic Party
Population25,173
Ethnicity1.8% Black, 2.1% Hispanic
Voting age80.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Rhode Island's thirtieth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator William Walaska.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 25,173 civilians reside within Rhode Island's thirtieth 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. Incumbent William Walaska was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Steven Archer is running as an Independent candidate. Walaska and Archer 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 William Walaska (D) defeated Keith E. Burkitt (R) and Arthur J. Groh Jr. (I) in the general election. Walaska and Burkitt were unopposed in their respective primaries.[7][8]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Walaska Incumbent 61% 7,585
     Republican Keith E. Burkitt 22.4% 2,790
     Independent Arthur J. Groh Jr. 16.4% 2,041
     Other Write-in 0.2% 20
Total Votes 12,436

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Rhode Island State Senate District 30 have raised a total of $300,269. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $27,297 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Rhode Island State Senate District 30
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $36,274 3 $12,091
2010 $61,541 2 $30,771
2008 $43,012 1 $43,012
2006 $39,726 1 $39,726
2004 $44,321 2 $22,161
2002 $3,625 1 $3,625
2000 $71,770 1 $71,770
Total $300,269 11 $27,297
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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