Washington House of Representatives District 8

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Washington House of Representatives District 8
Current incumbentBrad Klippert (8a) Republican Party
Larry Haler (8b) Republican Party
Population149,474
Race82.5% White, 3.6% Two or More Races, 8.6% Other Race, 3.0% Asian, 1.4% Black, 0.9% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Ethnicity81.9% Not Hispanic, 18.1% Hispanic
Voting age73.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Washington's eighth state house district is represented by Republican Representatives Brad Klippert and Larry Haler.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 149,474 civilians reside within the 890.6 square miles of Washington's eighth state house district. The population per square mile is 171. The median age of these residents is 35.5.[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 8a

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 Brad Klippert (R) defeated Jay Clough (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the blanket primary election.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 8a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Klippert Incumbent 62.1% 37,123
     Democratic Jay Clough 37.9% 22,695
Total Votes 59,818

District 8b

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 Larry Haler (R) defeated Richard Reuther (D) in the general election. Haler and Reuther defeated Bob Parks (R) in the blanket primary election.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 8b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Haler Incumbent 72.4% 42,953
     Democratic Richard Reuther 27.6% 16,358
Total Votes 59,311
Washington State House of Representatives, District 8b Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Haler Incumbent 54.7% 13,663
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Reuther 24.2% 6,035
     Republican Bob Parks 21.1% 5,278
Total Votes 24,976

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Washington House of Representatives District 8 have raised a total of $1,202,566. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $40,086 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Washington House of Representatives District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $218,672 5 $43,734
2010 $136,815 3 $45,605
2008 $377,697 7 $53,957
2006 $104,602 2 $52,301
2004 $142,461 7 $20,352
2002 $71,946 2 $35,973
2000 $150,373 4 $37,593
Total $1,202,566 30 $40,086

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