Virginia House of Delegates District 78

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Virginia House of Delegates District 78
Current incumbentJay Leftwich Republican Party
Population80,475
Race75.5% White, 17.2% Black, 0.7% American Indian, 4.7% Asian, 0.1% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.1% Other, 0.7% Two or more races
Ethnicity95.8% Not Hispanic, 4.2% Hispanic
Voting age75.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's seventy-eighth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Jay Leftwich.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 80,475 civilians reside within Virginia's seventy-eighth state house district.[1] Virginia's state delegates represent an average of 80,010 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 70,785 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Virginia House of Delegates serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Virginia legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Delegates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election, residents of the district they represent, and qualified to vote for members of the Virginia General Assembly.[4]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Virginia House of Delegates are paid $17,640/year. Representatives receive $135/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[5]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, then a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat.[6] Within 15 days of the vacancy, the governing body of the county or city that represents the seat must petition to a circuit court to hold a special election. All special elections must be held promptly.[7] No special election can be held with less than 60 days remaining in the vacant Senator's term or less than 55 days before a statewide primary or general election.[8]

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Elections for the office of Virginia House of Delegates consisted of a primary election on June 11, 2013, and a general election on November 5, 2013. Jay Leftwich (R) defeated Linda Bryant (D) and Dan J. Foster (L) in the general election. Incumbent John Cosgrove was unopposed in the Republican primary election. Bryant was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[9][10]

Note: Cosgrove won a special election to a Virginia State Senate seat and withdrew from the race for House District 78. His departure triggered a new filing period for candidates and allowed Leftwich to enter the race.[11][12][13]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 78 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Leftwich 57.1% 13,770
     Democratic Linda Bryant 39.1% 9,430
     Libertarian Dan J. Foster 3.7% 889
     Other Write-in 0.1% 23
Total Votes 24,112

Campaign contributions

Since 2001, candidates for Virginia House of Delegates District 78 have raised a total of $753,353. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $94,169 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia House of Delegates District 78
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $164,256 1 $164,256
2009 $118,391 1 $118,391
2007 $199,002 2 $99,501
2005 $91,761 1 $91,761
2003 $86,342 1 $86,342
2001 $93,601 2 $46,801
Total $753,353 8 $94,169

See also

External links

References

  1. Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Legislative Services, Redistricting 2010, April 28, 2011
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  4. vakids.org, "Virginia State Legislature For Kids," accessed December 18, 2013
  5. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-228.1 (A), Code of Virginia)
  7. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(C), Virginia Code)
  8. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(A), Virginia Code)
  9. Virginia State Board of Elections, Unofficial Results - Primary Election, accessed November 12, 2013
  10. Virginia State Board of Elections, Unofficial Results - Primary Election, accessed November 12, 2013
  11. Virginia Politics, "Race to Replace Cosgrove in the 78th House of Delegates District takes shape," June 23, 2013
  12. Commonwealth of Virginia State Board of Elections, "November 5, 2013 Election, Candidacy Requirements For House of Delegates 78th District," accessed September 9, 2013
  13. Commonwealth of Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official List of Candidates, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 General Election, Virginia House of Delegates," accessed September 9, 2013