Washington House of Representatives District 49

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Washington House of Representatives District 49
Current incumbentSharon Wylie (49a) Democratic Party
Jim Moeller (49b) Democratic Party
Population134,779
Race82.3% White, 4.6% Two or More Races, 4.9% Other Race, 3.4% Asian, 3.0% Black, 1.0% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.8% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Ethnicity89.2% Not Hispanic, 10.8% Hispanic
Voting age77.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Washington's forty-ninth state house district is represented by Democratic Representatives Sharon Wylie and Jim Moeller.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 134,779 civilians reside within the 58.6 square miles of Washington's forty-ninth state house district. The population per square mile is 2,751. The median age of these residents is 36.6.[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 49a

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 Sharon Wylie (D) defeated Debbie Peterson (R) in the general election. Wylie and Peterson were unopposed in the blanket primary election.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 49a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Wylie Incumbent 60.2% 31,658
     Republican Debbie Peterson 39.8% 20,963
Total Votes 52,621

District 49b

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 James Moeller (D) defeated Carolyn Crain (R) in the general election. Moeller and Crain were unopposed in the blanket primary election.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 49b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moeller Incumbent 60.6% 31,858
     Republican Carolyn Crain 39.4% 20,737
Total Votes 52,595

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Washington House of Representatives District 49 have raised a total of $1,761,232. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $60,732 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Washington House of Representatives District 49
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $181,250 4 $45,313
2010 $221,656 4 $55,414
2008 $205,360 4 $51,340
2006 $291,007 4 $72,752
2004 $239,648 3 $79,883
2002 $279,789 6 $46,632
2000 $342,522 4 $85,631
Total $1,761,232 29 $60,732

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