Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Suffolk District

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Suffolk District
Current incumbentVacant
Population42,801
Race58.75% White, 7.22% Black, 4.76% Asian
Ethnicity44.31% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Massachusetts' Second Suffolk state house district is currently vacant. It was formerly represented by Democrat Eugene O'Flaherty prior to his appointment as Boston's corporation counsel.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 42,801 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Second Suffolk state house district.[1] Massachusetts state senators represent an average of 40,923 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 39,682 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Massachusetts legislators assume office the first Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Article LXXI of the Massachusetts Constitution states: Every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen and shall cease to represent such district when he shall cease to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Massachusetts General Court are paid $61,133/year. Legislators receive between $10/day to $100/day per diem, depending on distance from the state house. Compensation is vouchered and set by the legislature.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The election must be held on the next regularly scheduled date on the election calendar.[5] Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.[6]

Elections

2014

General election

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Daniel Joseph Ryan defeated Roy Avellaneda in the Democratic primary and is unopposed in the general election.[7]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Suffolk District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Joseph Ryan Incumbent 66.7% 2,549
Roy Avellaneda 33.3% 1,275
Total Votes 3,824

Special election

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2014

Daniel Joseph Ryan defeated Roy A. Avellaneda and Christopher Remmes in the Democratic primary[8] and was unopposed in the special election, which took place on April 1.[9][10][11]

The seat was vacant following Eugene O'Flaherty's (D) appointment as Boston's corporation counsel.[12]

A special election for the position of Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Suffolk District was called for April 1, with a primary on March 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28.[12]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Suffolk District Special Election Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Joseph Ryan 58.9% 2,291
Roy A. Avellaneda 29.8% 1,161
Christopher Remmes 11.3% 438
Total Votes 3,890

2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 6, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 29, 2012.[13] Incumbent Eugene O'Flaherty (D) defeated Charles Klauder (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the September 6 primary elections.[14][15]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Suffolk District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEugene O'Flaherty Incumbent 82% 10,282
     Republican Charles Klauder 18% 2,253
Total Votes 12,535

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Suffolk District have raised a total of $78,815. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,408 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Suffolk District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $78,815 2 $39,408
Total $78,815 2 $39,408
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

See also

External links

References

  1. Massachusetts Legislature, House district statistics. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  2. United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed September 11, 2013
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  4. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  5. Massachusetts General Court, "Massachusetts Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Chapter 50, Section 6A)
  6. Massachusetts General Court, "Massachusetts Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Chapter 3: Section 10A)
  7. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
  8. Boston Globe, "Daniel Hunt nominated for Martin Walsh seat," March 5, 2014
  9. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed February 18, 2014
  10. Boston Globe, "Democrats win seats formerly held by Walsh, O’Flaherty," April 2, 2014
  11. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Boston Globe, "Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announces six Cabinet appointments," January 7, 2014. accessed January 9, 2014
  13. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “A Candidate’s Guide to the 2012 State Election.” Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  14. Massachusetts Secretary of State, 2012 primary election results. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  15. Massachusetts Secretary of State, 2012 general election results. Retrieved November 2, 2013.