South Carolina House of Representatives District 97

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 97
Current incumbentPatsy Knight Democratic Party
Population42,529
Ethnicity34.4% Black, 2.5% Hispanic
Voting age74.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
South Carolina's ninety-seventh state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Patsy Knight.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 42,529 civilians reside within South Carolina's ninety-seventh 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 Patsy Knight (D) defeated Ed Carter (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Carter defeated Jordan Bryngelson in the Republican primary.[6][7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatsy Knight Incumbent 55.4% 8,565
     Republican Ed Carter 44.5% 6,880
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 12
Total Votes 15,457
South Carolina House of Representatives District 97 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Carter 54.8% 1,643
Jordan Bryngelson 45.2% 1,354
Total Votes 2,997

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina House of Representatives District 97 have raised a total of $609,932. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $33,885 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina House of Representatives District 97
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $93,422 3 $31,141
2010 $6,718 1 $6,718
2008 $70,503 2 $35,252
2006 $141,518 3 $47,173
2004 $125,701 2 $62,851
2002 $68,261 2 $34,131
2000 $103,809 5 $20,762
Total $609,932 18 $33,885
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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