Rhode Island State Senate District 31

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Rhode Island State Senate District 31
Current incumbentErin Lynch Democratic Party
Population26,531
Ethnicity2.1% Black, 2.9% Hispanic
Voting age82% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Rhode Island's thirty-first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Erin Lynch.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 26,531 civilians reside within Rhode Island's thirty-first 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Incumbent Erin Lynch was unopposed in the Democratic primary. James Roche ran as an Independent candidate. Lynch defeated Roche in the general election.[5][6][7]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngErin Lynch Incumbent 63.9% 6,149
     Independent James Roche 36.1% 3,473
Total Votes 9,622

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 Erin Lynch (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[8][9]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Rhode Island State Senate District 31 have raised a total of $246,936. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $20,578 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Rhode Island State Senate District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $19,175 1 $19,175
2010 $35,755 1 $35,755
2008 $72,282 3 $24,094
2006 $55,804 2 $27,902
2004 $49,017 2 $24,509
2002 $13,453 2 $6,727
2000 $1,450 1 $1,450
Total $246,936 12 $20,578
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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