Virginia State Senate District 35

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Virginia State Senate District 35
Current incumbentDick Saslaw Democratic Party
Population196,251
Race54.4% White, 12.8% Black, 0.8% American Indian, 17.8% Asian, 0.1% Hawaiian, 13.1% Other, 1.1% Two or More Races
Ethnicity73.6% Not Hispanic, 26.4% Hispanic
Voting age78.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's thirty-fifth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Dick Saslaw.

As of the 2011 redistricting, a total of 196,251 civilians reside within Virginia's thirty-fifth state senate district.[1] Virginia state senators represent an average of 200,026 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 176,963 residents.[3]

About the office

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

Qualifications

Senators 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 State Senate are paid $18,000/year. Senators receive $178/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 senate, 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

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 23, 2011, and a general election on November 8, 2011. Democratic incumbent Dick Saslaw defeated Republican Robert Sarvis and Independent candidate Katherine Ann Pettigrew in the general election. Saslaw was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Sarvis was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[9][10][11]

Virginia State Senate, District 35 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDick Saslaw Incumbent 61.7% 15,905
     Republican Robert Sarvis 36% 9,272
     Independent Katherine Ann Pettigrew 2.3% 591
Total Votes 25,768

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Virginia State Senate District 35 have raised a total of $2,291,253. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $572,813 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia State Senate District 35
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $1,250,444 2 $625,222
2007 $784,132 1 $784,132
2003 $256,677 1 $256,677
Total $2,291,253 4 $572,813

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