Rhode Island State Senate District 34

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Rhode Island State Senate District 34
Current incumbentCatherine Cool Rumsey Democratic Party
Population30,357
Ethnicity1.1% Black, 1.6% Hispanic
Voting age77.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Rhode Island's thirty-fourth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Catherine Cool Rumsey.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 30,357 civilians reside within Rhode Island's thirty-fourth 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 Catherine Cool Rumsey was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Elaine Morgan was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cameron Ennis is running as an Independent candidate. Cool Rumsey, Morgan and Ennis will face off in the general election.[5]

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. Catherine Cool Rumsey (D) defeated incumbent Francis Maher (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Maher defeated Paul R. Mcfadden in the Republican primary.[6][7]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Cool Rumsey 55.1% 7,150
     Republican Francis Maher, Jr. Incumbent 44.8% 5,809
     Other Write-in 0.1% 14
Total Votes 12,973

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Rhode Island State Senate District 34 have raised a total of $160,390. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $9,435 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Rhode Island State Senate District 34
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $12,718 3 $4,239
2010 $21,403 2 $10,702
2008 $4,394 2 $2,197
2006 $25,981 2 $12,991
2004 $41,038 2 $20,519
2002 $18,721 2 $9,361
2000 $36,135 4 $9,034
Total $160,390 17 $9,435
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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