Washington House of Representatives District 7
|Washington House of Representatives District 7|
|Current incumbent||Shelly Short (7a)|
|Joel Kretz (7b)|
|Race||86.7% White, 3.4% Two or More Races, 2.2% Other Race, 0.8% Asian, 0.8% Black, 5.9% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander|
|Ethnicity||94.6% Not Hispanic, 5.4% Hispanic|
|Voting age||76.7% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 130,475 civilians reside within the 11,106.3 square miles of Washington's seventh state house district. The population per square mile is twelve. The median age of these residents is 43.6. Washington's state representatives represent an average of 68,618 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 60,144 residents.
About the office
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."
- 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.
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.
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 Shelly Short (R) was unchallenged in the general election. Short was unopposed in the blanket primary election.
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 Joel Kretz (R) defeated Robert Wilson (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the blanket primary election.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 7b, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joel Kretz Incumbent||64.4%||36,747|
Since 2000, candidates for Washington House of Representatives District 7 have raised a total of $1,221,146. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $43,612 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Washington House of Representatives District 7|
- State of Washington, "Demographic Data," accessed October 10, 2013
- U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
- U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Washington Legislature, "Washington Constitution," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Section Article II, Section XV)
- Washington Secretary of State, "Primary Candidates," accessed December 18, 2013
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 General Election Results," November 27, 2012
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