Sunday, May 01, 2005

Allegan County - Profile

Allegan County:
Location – West Michigan:
Population – 105,665 (2000 census)
Demographics – 93.47% White, 1.31% Black, .55% American Indian, .55% Asian, 2.77% Some other Race, 1.32% Two or more races, 5.72% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat - Allegan (pop 4838) (2000 census)

Allegan County is on the Lake Michigan Coast in West Michigan. It is one of the most GOP counties in the state, and is an important base county. It contains part of Holland, which it shares with Ottawa County, and part of South Haven, which is shares with Van Buren County. It is West of Hastings, North/Northwest of Kalamazoo, and South/Southwest of Grand Rapids. It is a rapidly growing county.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
Pete Hoekstra (R), 2nd District – Dorr Township, Fennville, Fillmore Township, Heath Township, Holland, Laketown Township, Manlius Township, Monterey Township, Overisel Township, Salem Township, Saugatuck, Saugatuck Township.

Fred Upton (R), 6th District – Allegan, Allegan Township, Casco Township, Cheshire Township, Clyde Township, Dorr Township, Ganges Township, Gunplain Township, Hopkins Township, Lee Township, Leighton Township, Martin Township, Otsego, Otsego Township, Plainwell, South Haven, Trowbridge Township, Valley Township, Watson Township, Wayland, Wayland Township.

State Senator – Patricia Burkholz (R), 24th District

State Reps:
Tonya Schuitmaker (R), 80th District – Otsego, Otsego Township, Watson Township
Fulton Sheen (R), 88th District – Rest of County

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor – John Engler (R) – 77.76%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 22.23%
Secretary of State – Candice Miller (R) – 79.99%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 18.83%
Attorney General – John Smietanka (R) – 64.31%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 32.99%
Congress (2nd District) – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 80.07%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 22.87%
Congress (6th District) – Fred Upton (R) – 68.64%, Clarence Annan (D) – 29.88%
State Senate (22nd District) – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 75.06%, Melvin Jay Lewis (D) – 24.94%
State Representative (88th District) – Patricia Birkholz (R) – 75.34%, Terry Delp (D) – 24.66%

2000 Results Countywide:
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 64.77%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 32.60%
Congress (2nd District) – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 70.73%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 25.91%
Congress (6th District) – Fred Upton (R) – 68.30%, James Bupp (D) – 26.80%
State Representative (88th District) – Patricia Birkholz (R) – 87.08%, Rick Dufkiewicz (Libertarian) – 12.92%

2002 Results Countywide:
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 62.28%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 36.66%
Secretary of State – Terri Lynn Land (R) – 71.39%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 26.50%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 64.31%, Gary Peters (D) – 32.99%
US Senate – Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski (R) – 55.42%, Carl Levin (D) – 43.07%
Congress (2nd District) – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 80.07%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 18.28%
Congress (6th District) – Fred Upton (R) – 69.69%, Gary C Giguere (D) – 28.14%
State Senate (24th District) – Patricia Birkholz (R) – 70.94%, Tami Birdson (D) – 29.06%
State Representative (80th District) – Mary Ann Middaugh (R) – 58.68%, Whitney Wolcott (D) – 41.32%
State Representative (88th District) – Fulton Sheen (R) – 68.58%, Marty Jo Fleser (D) – 31.42%

2004 Results Countywide:
Congress (2nd District) – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 77.28%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 20.85%
Congress (6th District) – Fred Upton (R) – 66.99%, Scott Elliot (D) – 30.38%
State Representative (80th District) – Tonya Schuitmaker (R) – 61.55%, Art Toy (D) – 38.45%
State Representative (88th District) – Fulton Sheen (R) – 67.19%, Marty Jo Fleser (D) – 32.81

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

ALLEGAN COUNTY
2000 Bush - 28197 (62.80%), Gore – 15495 (34.51%)
2004 Bush – 34022 (63.11%), Kerry – 19355 (35.90%)

Allegan City
2000 - 859 (50.32%), 772 (45.23%)
2004 – 1035 (50.00%), 1005 (48.55%)

Allegan Township
2000 - 903 (52.87%), 741 (43.38%)
2004 – 1108 (54.00%), 924 (45.03%)

Casco Township
2000 - 662 (53.17%), 536 (43.05%)
2004 – 768 (52.82%), 673 (46.29%)

Cheshire Township
2000 - 424 (51.27%), 371 (44.86%)
2004 – 541 (52.42%), 475 (46.03%)

Clyde Township
2000 - 361 (58.89%), 237 (38.66%)
2004 – 421 (56.21%), 318 (42.46%)

Dorr Township
2000 – 2123 (69.81%), 866 (28.48%)
2004 – 2638 (70.70%), 1057 (28.33%)

Fennville City
2000 - 193 (52.88%), 158 (43.29%)
2004 – 235 (53.41%), 201 (45.68%)

Fillmore Township
2000 - 1149 (86.91%), 163 (12.33%)
2004 – 1261 (85.61%), 196 (13.31%)

Ganges Township
2000 - 650 (55.18%), 480 (40.75%)
2004 – 787 (55.70%), 599 (42.39%)

Gunplain Township
2000 - 1378 (53.95%), 1086 (42.52%)
2004 – 1743 (56.26%), 1334 (43.06%)

Heath Township
2000 - 1025 (78.01%), 271 (20.62%)
2004 – 1267 (77.54%), 355 (21.73%)

Holland City
2000 - 2325 (74.07%), 749 (23.86%)
2004 – 2479 (71.79%), 941 (27.25%)

Hopkins Township
2000 - 738 (64.45%), 386 (33.71%)
2004 – 874 (66.06%), 434 (32.80%)

Laketown Township
2000 - 2385 (73.84%), 763 (23.62%)
2004 – 2711 (73.31%), 961 (25.99%)

Lee Township
2000 - 382 (45.42%), 428 (50.89%)
2004 – 471 (43.85%), 588 (54.75%)

Leighton Township
2000 – 1386 (78.08%), 360 (20.28%)
2004 – 1802 (78.08%), 490 (21.23%)

Manlius Township
2000 - 862 (69.97%), 336 (27.27%)
2004 – 1091 (72.01%), 412 (27.19%)

Martin Township
2000 - 727 (69.11%), 308 (29.28%)
2004 – 832 (69.74%), 355 (29.76%)

Monterey Township
2000 - 512 (62.82%), 285 (34.97%)
2004 – 628 (62.93%), 360 (36.07%)

Otsego City
2000 - 705 (48.76%), 697 (48.20%)
2004 - 892 (51.21%), 832 (47.76%)

Otsego Township
2000 - 1056 (53.07%), 884 (44.42%)
2004 – 1375 (54.63%), 1124 (44.66%)

Overisel Township
2000 - 1261 (89.88%), 120 (8.55%)
2004 – 1389 (89.27%), 153 (10.48%)

Plainwell City
2000 - 731 (45.66%), 812 (50.72%)
2004 – 919 (50.58%), 881 (48.49%)

Salem Township
2000 - 1104 (73.16%), 389 (25.78%)
2004 – 1450 (75.60%), 457 (23.83%)

Saugatuck City
2000 - 290 (45.31%), 315 (49.22%)
2004 – 311 (43.80%), 389 (54.79%)

Saugatuck Township
2000 - 854 (49.34%), 815 (47.08%)
2004 – 1122 (48.74%), 1145 (49.79%)

South Haven City
2000 - 6 (60.00%), 4 (40.00%)
2004 – 4 (57.14%), 3 (42.86%)

Trowbridge Township
2000 - 600 (58.14%), 402 (38.95%)
2004 - 712 (55.63%), 557 (43.52%)

Valley Township
2000 - 396 (52.87%), 329 (43.93%)
2004 – 540 (55.27%), 424 (43.40%)

Watson Township
2000 - 440 (56.27%), 313 (40.03%)
2004 – 550 (58.45%), 379 (40.28%)

Wayland City
2000 – 932 (59.10%), 615 (39.00%)
2004 – 1096 (59.73%), 709 (38.64%)

Wayland Township
2000 - 778 (59.03%), 504 (38.24%)
2004 - 973 (60.81%), 614 (38.38%)

Allegan County is one of the three major GOP base counties in West Michigan. The other two are Kent and Ottawa Counties. The two flips in 2004 were Plainwell going from Gore to Bush, and Saugatuck Township from Bush to Kerry.

Redistricted slightly altered the county. Fred Upton took some territory from Pete Hoekstra to make the 6th district more Republican than it was. The Van Buren County based 80th district takes part of Watson Township to make that district slightly more republican.

The only strong democrat areas here are Lee Township (Pullman) and Saugatuck. Saugatuck has a large gay and arts population, which tilts it to the left compared to the rest of the county. I am not sure why Lee Township tilts democrat. Otsego and Plainwell are swing areas. The rest of the county is staunchly Republican. We need a high turnout here in 2006 and 2008 if we are going to get the “Blue” out of Michigan.

2 comments:

Jason said...

Lee Twp. tilts Democrat due to it's demographics (Hispanics, African Americans) and income. Dorr used to be a Democratic base (conservative Polish Catholic Democrats that voted GOP nationally in recent elections), but due to urbanization from GR has turned Dorr into a GOP base.

Otsego & Plainwell were also strong Dem spots in the Seventies because of the paper mill unions. Although you saw a recent flare up, the area is pretty Republican due to the bedroom migration coming from Kalamazoo.

In the next election, you'll see Saugatuck Twp return to being a Republican stronghold now that Douglas has become a city (sister city of Saugatuck).

Watson is also a local Dem pocket, with a couple of township officials Democrats. Nationally, the township goes GOP. It's inclusion in the 80th with Otsego gives a stronger GOP base to balance out Dem cities like South Haven

Upton in the 80's had 2/3rds of the county. The increased presence of Allegan County does make the 6th more GOP friendly, and is a counter weight to Kalamazoo.

Republican Michigander said...

Thanks for the added insight. You know that area much better than I do.