Washington House of Representatives District 31

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Washington House of Representatives District 31
Current incumbentCathy Dahlquist (31a) Republican Party
Christopher Hurst (31b) Democratic Party
Population137,685
Race84.8% White, 4.1% Two or More Races, 3.5% Other Race, 3.0% Asian, 1.8% Black, 2.3% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.6% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Ethnicity91.8% Not Hispanic, 8.2% Hispanic
Voting age74.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Washington's thirty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Cathy Dahlquist and Democratic Representative Christopher Hurst.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 137,685 civilians reside within the 150.9 square miles of Washington's thirty-first state house district. The population per square mile is 151. The median age of these residents is 37.8.[1] Washington's state representatives represent an average of 68,618 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 60,144 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Washington House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Washington legislators assume office the first day of session.

Qualifications

Section 7 of Article 2 of the Washington State Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Washington Legislature are paid $42,106/year. Legislators receive $90/day per diem.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Board of County Commissioners where the vacant seat is located has the responsibility to select a replacement. The state central committee of the political party that last held the seat must submit a list of three candidates to the Board of County Commissioners representing the vacant district. A selection must be made within 60 days after the vacancy happened.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

District 31a

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Cathy Dahlquist (R) defeated Brian L. Gunn (D) in the general election. Dahlquist and Gunn were unopposed in the blanket primary election.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 31a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Dahlquist Incumbent 62.8% 37,187
     Democratic Brian Gunn 37.2% 22,018
Total Votes 59,205

District 31b

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Christopher Hurst (D) defeated Lisa Connors (R) in the general election. Hurst and Connors were unopposed in the blanket primary election.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 31b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Hurst Incumbent 55.3% 32,462
     Republican Lisa Connors 44.7% 26,237
Total Votes 58,699

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Washington House of Representatives District 31 have raised a total of $2,497,045. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $92,483 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Washington House of Representatives District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $367,236 4 $91,809
2010 $357,570 5 $71,514
2008 $299,589 4 $74,897
2006 $599,407 4 $149,852
2004 $136,547 2 $68,274
2002 $169,575 3 $56,525
2000 $567,121 5 $113,424
Total $2,497,045 27 $92,483

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