Maryland House of Delegates District 31

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Maryland House of Delegates District 31
Current incumbentNicholaus Kipke Republican Party
Steve Schuh Republican Party
Don Dwyer, Jr. Republican Party
Population127,525
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maryland's thirty-first state house district is held by Republican Representatives Steve Schuh, Don Dwyer, Jr. and Minority Leader Nicholaus Kipke.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 127,525 civilians reside within Maryland's thirty-first state house district.[1] Maryland state delegates represent an average of 40,947 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 37,564 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Maryland House of Delegates serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Maryland legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Section 9 of Article 3 of the Maryland Constitution states, "A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

If the district which the person has been chosen to represent has been established less than six months prior to the date of his election, then in addition to (1) and (2) above, he shall have resided in the district for as long as it has been established.

A person is eligible to serve as a Senator, if he has attained the age of twenty-five years, or as a Delegate, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years, on the date of his election."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Maryland legislature are paid $43,500/year. Legislators receive $100/day for lodging. Additionally, they receive $42 for meals and $225/day for out-of-state travel (which includes meals/lodging).[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the house.[5]

The Governor has 30 days after the vacancy to make an appointment based on the recommendations of the political party committee that holds the vacant seat. The political party committee has up to 30 days after the vacancy to submit a list of recommended candidates to the Governor. If the party committee fails to act within the 30 day deadline, the Governor has 15 days to appoint a person from the political party that last held the seat.[6]

The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Due to redistricting, this district is being phased out and will not hold elections in 2014.[8][9]

2010

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 6, 2010. Incumbents Nicholaus Kipke (R), Steve Schuh (R) and Don Dwyer, Jr. (R) defeated Jeremiah Chiappelli (D), Justin Towles (D), Robert Eckert (D), Joshua Crandall (L) and Cory Faust, Sr. (C) in the general election. Kipke, Schuh and Dwyer defeated James Braswell in the Republican primary. Eckert, Chiappelli and Towles defeated Stan Janor in the Democratic primary.[10][11]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 31, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNicholaus Kipke Incumbent 22% 24,143
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Schuh Incumbent 20.8% 22,805
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Dwyer, Jr. Incumbent 20.4% 22,452
     Democratic Jeremiah Chiappelli 11.8% 12,943
     Democratic Justin Towles 10.9% 11,968
     Democratic Robert Eckert 10.8% 11,856
     Libertarian Joshua Crandall 1.8% 2,015
     Constitution Cory Faust, Sr. 1.5% 1,660
Total Votes 109,842

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland House of Delegates District 31 have raised a total of $2,441,120. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $61,028 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland House of Delegates District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $713,632 3 $237,877
2010 $332,013 10 $33,201
2008 $145,145 3 $48,382
2006 $640,026 13 $49,233
2004 $384,903 3 $128,301
2002 $225,401 8 $28,175
Total $2,441,120 40 $61,028

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