South Carolina House of Representatives District 34

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 34
Current incumbentMike Forrester Republican Party
Population37,321
Ethnicity26.1% Black, 5.7% Hispanic
Voting age74.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
South Carolina's thirty-fourth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Mike Forrester.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 37,321 civilians reside within South Carolina's thirty-fourth state house district.[1] South Carolina state representatives represent an average of 37,301 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 32,355 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. South Carolina legislators assume office the Monday after the election.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the South Carolina House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[2]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A resident of the district at the filing deadline time

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the South Carolina Legislature are paid $10,400 a year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $131 a day for meals and housing for each statewide session day and committee meeting. Per diem is tied to the federal rate.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. If candidates plan to seek the nomination through a party convention, the filing period begins on the third Friday after the vacancy happened. The qualifying deadline is ten days after the filing period opens.[4]

If a candidate plans to seek the nomination via petition, all signatures must submitted to the appropriate filing officer no later than sixty days before the election. All signatures must be verified by the filing officer no later than 45 days before the election.[5]

A primary election must be held on the eleventh Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. If necessary, a primary runoff must be held on the thirteenth Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. The special election is held on the eighteenth Tuesday after vacancy occurs. No special election can be held less than 60 days before the general election.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of South Carolina House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2012. Incumbent Mike Forrester (R) defeated petition candidate Gaye Holt (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary.[6][7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Forrester Incumbent 63.4% 8,601
     Republican Gaye Holt 36.2% 4,910
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 57
Total Votes 13,568

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina House of Representatives District 34 have raised a total of $403,876. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $33,656 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina House of Representatives District 34
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $95,787 2 $47,894
2010 $41,792 1 $41,792
2008 $105,364 2 $52,682
2006 $15,924 1 $15,924
2004 $56,377 2 $28,189
2002 $45,373 1 $45,373
2000 $43,259 3 $14,420
Total $403,876 12 $33,656

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