Washington House of Representatives District 7

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Washington House of Representatives District 7
Current incumbentShelly Short (7a) Republican Party
Joel Kretz (7b) Republican Party
Population130,475
Race86.7% 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
Ethnicity94.6% Not Hispanic, 5.4% Hispanic
Voting age76.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Washington's seventh state house district is represented by Republican Representatives Shelly Short and Joel Kretz.

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.[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 7a

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.[6][7]

District 7b

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.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 7b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Kretz Incumbent 64.4% 36,747
     Republican Robert Wilson 35.6% 20,337
Total Votes 57,084

Campaign contributions

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
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $208,321 2 $104,161
2010 $183,547 2 $91,774
2008 $213,278 5 $42,656
2006 $138,909 3 $46,303
2004 $158,804 7 $22,686
2002 $164,089 4 $41,022
2000 $154,198 5 $30,840
Total $1,221,146 28 $43,612

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