Virginia State Senate District 6

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Virginia State Senate District 6
Current incumbentLynwood Lewis Democratic Party
Population196,367
Race63.1% White, 28.1% Black, 1.0% American Indian, 3.4% Asian, 0.2% Hawaiian, 3.0% Other, 1.2% Two or More Races[1]
Ethnicity92.3% Not Hispanic, 7.7% Hispanic
Voting age81.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's sixth state senate district seat is represented by Democratic Senator Lynwood Lewis.

As of the 2011 redistricting, a total of 196,367 civilians reside within Virginia's sixth state senate district.[2] Virginia state senators represent an average of 200,026 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 176,963 residents.[4]

About the office

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

Qualifications

Senators must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election, residents of the district they represent, and qualified to vote for members of the Virginia General Assembly.[5]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Virginia State Senate are paid $18,000/year. Senators receive $178/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[6]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, then a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat.[7] Within 15 days of the vacancy, the governing body of the county or city that represents the seat must petition to a circuit court to hold a special election. All special elections must be held promptly.[8] No special election can be held with less than 60 days remaining in the vacant Senator's term or less than 55 days before a statewide primary or general election.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2014

Lynwood Lewis (D) defeated Wayne Coleman (R) in the special election.[10] Initial returns showed Lewis leading by only 22 votes,[11] within the range of a recount. Official results published by the State Board of Elections declared Lewis the winner by nine votes, leading Coleman to seek a recount.[12] Following the recount, Lewis was declared the winner by eleven votes.[13][14]

The seat was vacant following Ralph Northam's (D) election as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia on November 5, 2013.

A special election for the position of Virginia State Senate District 6 was called for January 7. Candidates were nominated by their party rather than chosen through a primary.[15]

Virginia State Senate, District 6, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLynwood Lewis 50% 10,201
     Republican Wayne Coleman 50% 10,192
Total Votes 20,393

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 23, 2011, and a general election on November 8, 2011. Democratic incumbent Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ben Loyola in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[16][17][18]

Virginia State Senate, District 6 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Northam Incumbent 56.8% 16,606
     Republican Ben Loyola 43.2% 12,622
Total Votes 29,228

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Virginia State Senate District 6 have raised a total of $3,141,825. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $523,638 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia State Senate District 6
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $807,397 2 $403,699
2007 $1,869,288 2 $934,644
2003 $465,140 2 $232,570
Total $3,141,825 6 $523,638

See also

External links

References

  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Legislative Services, Redistricting 2010, April 28, 2011
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  4. Population in 2000 of the American states, Accessed November 27, 2013
  5. vakids.org, "Virginia State Legislature For Kids," accessed December 18, 2013
  6. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-228.1 (A), Code of Virginia)
  8. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(C), Virginia Code)
  9. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(A), Virginia Code)
  10. sbe.virginia.gov, "Official candidate list," accessed December 13, 2013
  11. washingtonpost.com, "Va. Senate control hangs in balance as Democrat leads special election by 22 votes," January 7, 2014
  12. bradblog.com, "Another VA 'Recount' Coming: 9-Vote Margin in Special Election for Control of State Senate," January 10, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "Democrat wins Virginia Senate recount, giving Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s agenda a crucial boost," January 27, 2014
  14. Virginia Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed January 30, 2014
  15. wvec.com, "Special Election in Senate District 6 set for January 7th," December 6, 2013 (dead link)
  16. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official Democratic Primary Results, accessed October 28, 2013
  17. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official Republican Primary Results, accessed October 28, 2013
  18. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official General Election Results, accessed October 28, 2013