Utah House of Representatives District 72

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Utah House of Representatives District 72
Current incumbentJohn Westwood Republican Party
Population40,624
Race93% White, 0% Black, 3% American Indian, 1% Asian, 0% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1% Other, 2% Two or more races
Ethnicity92% Not Hispanic, 8% Hispanic
Voting age71% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Utah's seventy-second state house district is represented by Republican Representative John Westwood.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 40,624 civilians reside within Utah's seventy-second state house district.[1][2] Utah's state representatives represent an average of 36,852 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 29,776 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Utah House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Utah legislators assume office the first or second day of session (January).

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Utah House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[5]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 25 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A three-year resident of Utah at the filing deadline time
  • A resident for 6 months of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • No person holding any public office of profit or trust under authority of the United States, or of this State, can be a member of the House of Representatives, provided, that appointments in the State Militia, and the offices of notary public, justice of the peace, United States commissioner, and postmaster of the fourth class, shall not, within the meaning of this section, be considered offices of profit or trust.
  • A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Utah for at least 30 days prior to the next election
* At least 18 years old by the next election
* His or her principal place of residence is in a specific voting precinct in Utah.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Utah Legislature are paid $117/day. Legislators receive $96/day for lodging each calendar day, tied to the federal rate. They also receive $61/day for meals.[6]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor is responsible for selecting a replacement. A liaison for the political party that last held the seat must recommend a successor to the Governor. The vacancy must be filled immediately. The person who is selected to the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[7]

If the vacancy happens after the nominating deadline in an election year, a new candidate must file papers in order to be on the ballot. This is only if the vacancy happens after September 1st and the unfilled term is set to expire at the end of the election. Nominating papers must be filed within 21 days after the vacancy happened.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Incumbent John Westwood defeated Blake Cozzens in the Republican convention. Westwood defeated Barry Short (L) in the general election.[9][10]

Utah House of Representatives District 72, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Westwood Incumbent 83.4% 5,210
     Libertarian Barry Short 15.8% 990
     Write-In Linda Lou Allen 0.8% 50
Total Votes 6,250


Utah House of Representatives, District 72 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Westwood Incumbent 71.8% 2,084
Blake Cozzens 28.2% 820
Total Votes 2,904

2012

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 26, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Republican John Westwood defeated Libertarian Barry Short in the general election. Westwood and Matthew D. Carling defeated Ryan Bundy, Marlo Jensen, and Albert Montoya in the Republican convention. Westwood defeated Carling in the Republican primary election.[11][12]

Utah House of Representatives, District 72, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Westwood 85.4% 10,451
     Libertarian Barry Short 14.6% 1,786
Total Votes 12,237
Utah House of Representatives District 72 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Westwood 67% 2,679
Matthew Carling 33% 1,321
Total Votes 4,000

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Utah House of Representatives District 72 have raised a total of $118,567. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $6,975 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Utah House of Representatives District 72
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $21,046 4 $5,262
2010 $23,262 2 $11,631
2008 $15,918 3 $5,306
2006 $32,749 3 $10,916
2004 $3,600 1 $3,600
2002 $15,818 2 $7,909
2000 $6,174 2 $3,087
Total $118,567 17 $6,975

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