Friday, April 22, 2005

State Senate - District 14

State Senate - District 14

2006 Contest
Republican Candidates – Tara Bellingar (Farmington Hills)
Democrat Candidates – Gilda Jacobs (Huntington Woods)

Current Rep – Gilda Jacobs (D-Huntington Woods)

2002 Results
Gilda Jacobs – 68.40%
Mark Wilkins – 29.48%

Presidential results:
Bush – 32.79%
Kerry – 66.37%

Republican Michigander’s prognosis – Safe Democrat

District covers:
Oakland County: - Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak Township, Southfield,
Southfield Township (Bingham Farms, Frankin)

Overall, this is one of the two most left wing districts in the state. The other one is based in Ann Arbor. Oak Park, The City of Southfield, Lathrup Village, and Royal Oak Township are mostly black. Farmington and Southfield Township are slightly GOP leaning. Farmington Hills is slightly democrat leaning. The rest are all democrat strongholds. Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, and Ferndale are “Ann Arbor East.” Bush only won two municipalities here - Farmington and Southfield Township. The rest all went to the dems in a big way.

Southfield is the most democrat part of Oakland County and is the main reason why the county as a whole went democrat four of the last five elections. Kerry got 81.78% of the vote there, and won Southfield by 26,558 votes. Southfield is the main base and has slightly less than 1/3 of the vote. Farmington Hills is the other base of the district with slightly less than 1/3 of the vote. It used to be Republican, but has flipped to the dems.

The current state senator here is Gilda Jacobs who is a nightmare for gun owners. She won in 2002 and is running for re-election. It will take a miracle to win this district. This district is as safe for the democrats as Valde Garcia’s seat is safe for the GOP

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