Sunday, May 15, 2005

Genesee County

Genesee County:
Location – Flint Area
Population – 436,141 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 75.29% White, 20.37% Black, .55% American Indian, .81% Asian, .78% Some other Race, 2.18% Two or more races, 2.33% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Flint (pop 124,943)

Genesee County battles to be the 2nd or 3rd most democrat county in the state every year. It is the home of Flint, birthplace of the UAW. It is the former home of Michael Moore (Davison). It is most known as Buick City, and General Motors plants, although the decline of automobile jobs has hurt the Flint area heavily. It is a very blue collar county, with a lot of socially moderate/conservative, but economic liberals in the suburbs, and both social and economic liberals in Flint itself. The Southern portion of the county tilts more Republican, while the Central portion is the most democrat.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Dale Kildee (D) – 5th District
State Senators:
26th District – Deborah Cherry (D) – Atlas Township, Burton, Clio, Davison, Davison Township, Forest Township, Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc Township, Mount Morris, Mount Morris Township, Richfield Township, Thetford Township, and Vienna Township.
27th District - Bob Emerson (D) – Argentine Township, Clayton Township, Fenton, Fenton Township, Flint, Flint Township, Flushing, Flushing Township, Gaines Township, Genesee Township, Linden, Montrose, Montrose Township, Mundy Township, Swartz Creek.

State Representatives:
34th District – Brenda Clack (D) – Part of Flint
48th District – John Gleason (D) – Clayton Township (part), Clio, Flushing, Flushing Township, Forest Township, Montrose, Montrose Township, Mount Morris, Mount Morris Township, Thetford Township, Vienna Township.
49th District – Lee Gonzales (D) – Clayton Township (part), Part of Flint, Flint Township, Gaines Township, Swartz Creek
50th District – Paula Zelenko (D) – Burton, Davison, Davison Township, Genesee Township, Richfield Township
51st District – Dave Robertson (R) – Argentine Township, Atlas Township, Fenton, Fenton township, Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc Township, Linden, Mundy Township.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 51.17%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 48.83%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 57.90%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 40.92%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 62.85%, John Smietanka (R) – 37.15%
Congress:
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 71.46%, Donald Brewster (R) – 26.39%
8th District – Debbie Stabenow (D) – 62.18%, Susan Grimes Munsell (R) – 35.04%
9th District – Dale Kildee (D) – 76.76%, Tom McMillan (R) – 22.07%

State Senator:
28th District – John Cherry (D) – 68.95%, Jodi Ann Spalding (R) - 29.83%
29th District – Bob Emerson (D) – 72.39%, Mercedes Kinnee (R) – 27.61%

State Representative:
47th District – Rose Bogdarus (D) – 53.50%, Sandra Hill (R) – 46.50%
48th District – Vera B Rison (D) – 90.69%, Lorenzo Orr (R) – 9.31%
49th District – Jack Minore (D) – 75.30%, Michael Bancroft (R) – 24.70%
50th District – Deborah Cherry (D) – 65.18%, Jean-Ann Webster (R) – 34.82%
51st District – Patricia Lockwood (D) – 52.68%, Tom Wright (R) – 47.32%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Debbie Stabenow (D) – 60.88%, Spence Abraham (R) – 36.89%
Congress:
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 75.02%, Ronald Actus (R) – 22.97%
8th District – Dianne Byrum (D) – 52.91%, Mike Rogers (R) – 45.05%
9th District – Dale Kildee (D) – 79.73%, Grant Garrett (R) – 18.67

State Representative:
47th District – Rose Bogdarus (D) – 58.71%, John Muller (R) – 38.22%
48th District – Vera B Rison (D) – 90.63%, Charles Williams (R) – 9.37%
49th District – Jack Minore (D) – 78.70%, Nathaniel DeSota (R) – 21.30%
50th District – Paula Zelenko (D) – 62.12%, George Cunningham (R) -36.19%
51st District – Patricia Lockwood (D) – 64.12%, Pam Barkel (R) – 35.88%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 60.12%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 38.62%
Secretary of State - Butch Hollowell (D) – 53.91%, Terri Lynn Land (R) – 44.11%
Attorney General –Gary Peters (D) – 57.09%, Mike Cox (R) – 40.94%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 69.11%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 29.30%
Congress (5th District) – Dale Kildee (D) – 92.28%, Clint Foster (LIB) – 5.09%
State Senate
26th District – Deborah Cherry (D) – 61.10%, John Muller (R) – 38.90
27th District – Bob Emerson (D) – 66.08%, Cynthia O’Lear (R) – 33.92%

State Representative:
34th District – Brenda Clack (D) – 87.59%, Rudolph Willis (R) – 12.41%
48th District – John Gleason (D) – 69.21%, Mike Gardner (R) – 30.79%
49th District – Jack Minore (D) – 69.48%, Courtney Garner (R) – 30.52%
50th District – Paula Zelenko (D) – 67.80%, Stephen Brang (D) – 32.20%
51st District – Dave Robertson (R) – 49.94%, Patricia Lockwood (D) – 48.42%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress (5th District) – Dale Kilee (D) – 69.12%, Myrah Kirkwood (R) – 29.43%

State Representative
34th District – Brenda Clack (D) – 88.67%, Steven Mays (R) – 11.33%
48th District – John Gleason (D) – 72.82%, Donald Wenk (R) – 27.18%
49th District – Lee Gonzales (D) – 69.92%, Dan Parks (R) – 31.08%
50th District – Paula Zelenko (D) – 64.76%, Fred Mac Fortner (R) – 35.24%
51st District – Dave Robertson (R) – 54.59%, Steve Robinson (D) – 45.41%

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

GENESEE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 66641 (34.92%), Gore – 119833 (62.78%)
2004 – Bush – 83870 (39.23%), Kerry – 128334 (60.03%)

Argentine Township
2000 - 1444 (50.07%), 1336 (46.32%)
2004 – 1981 (56.57%), 1483 (42.35%)

Atlas Township
2000 - 2005 (54.41%), 1559 (42.31%)
2004 – 2606 (59.84%), 1704 (39.13%)

Burton City
2000 - 4408 (36.90%), 7233 (60.55%)
2004 – 5829 (41.00%), 8304 (58.40%)

Clayton Township
2000 - 1744 (46.14%), 1930 (51.06%)
2004 – 2162 (49.92%), 2134 (49.27%)

Clio City
2000 - 394 (39.01%), 593 (58.71%)
2004 – 533 (43.16%), 691 (55.95%)

Davison City
2000 - 1122 (41.65%), 1525 (56.61%)
2004 - 1317 (45.86%), 1540 (53.62%)

Davison Township
2000 - 3854 (45.01%), 4491 (52.55%)
2004 – 4833 (48.56%), 5041 (50.65%)

Fenton City
2000 - 2329 (48.98%), 2287 (48.10%)
2004 – 3026 (53.88%), 2554 (45.48%)

Fenton Township
2000 - 3904 (53.95%), 3173 (43.84%)
2004 – 5319 (59.21%), 3570 (39.71%)

Flint City
2000 - 6837 (14.62%), 39066 (83.55%)
2004 – 7558 (16.35%), 38395 (83.07%)

Flint Township
2000 - 5056 (34.15%), 9407 (63.54%)
2004 – 5747 (36.09%), 10071 (63.24%)

Flushing City
2000 - 2287 (47.48%), 2406 (49.95%)
2004 – 2694 (51.94%), 2457 (47.34%)

Flushing Township
2000 - 2707 (49.02%), 2685 (48.62%)
2004 – 3298 (53.25%), 2849 (46.00%)

Forest Township
2000 - 1010 (44.12%), 1218 (53.21%)
2004 – 1271 (47.00%), 1414 (52.29%)

Gaines Township
2000 - 1366 (42.51%), 1745 (54.31%)
2004 – 1905 (49.19%), 1930 (49.83%)

Genesee Township
2000 - 2958 (30.38%), 6515 (66.91%)
2004 – 3805 (34.90%), 7010 (64.29%)

Grand Blanc City
2000 - 2237 (53.31%), 1851 (44.11%)
2004 – 2394 (54.00%), 1985 (44.78%)

Grand Blanc Township
2000 - 6880 (47.32%), 7357 (50.60%)
2004 – 9369 (51.00%), 8862 (48.24%)

Linden City
2000 - 810 (52.67%), 689 (44.80%)
2004 – 1250 (58.96%), 853 (40.24%)

Montrose City
2000 – 279 (42.02%), 362 (54.52%)
2004 – 349 (43.09%), 451 (55.68%)

Montrose Township
2000 - 1145 (42.20%), 1494 (55.07%)
2004 – 1365 (45.08%), 1643 (54.26%)

Mount Morris City
2000 - 405 (34.29%), 742 (62.83%)
2004 – 479 (34.29%), 906 (64.85%)

Mount Morris Township
2000 - 2012 (21.42%), 7238 (77.07%)
2004 – 2467 (23.73%), 7873 (75.74%)

Mundy Township
2000 - 2938 (43.88%), 3607 (53.88%)
2004 – 3999 (48.92%), 4102 (50.18%)

Richfield Township
2000 - 1609 (40.40%), 2270 (56.99%)
2004 – 2149 (44.64%), 2630 (54.63%)

Swartz Creek City
2000 - 1109 (39.78%), 1614 (57.89%)
2004 – 1459 (45.04%), 1753 (54.12%)

Thetford Township
2000 - 1316 (37.76%), 2070 (59.40%)
2004 – 1611 (41.44%), 2246 (57.77%)

Vienna Township
2000 - 2473 (41.45%), 3370 (56.49%)
2004 – 3083 (44.16%), 3851 (55.16%)


As bad as Genesee County is for the Republicans, President Bush significantly improved here over 2000. The fact that he improved at all in Flint itself is amazing. The fastest growing part of the county is near Fenton and Grand Blanc, so those are the two areas to watch. Flushing is another area to watch.
Redistricting significantly impacted Genesee County. It used to be split between three different congressional districts, but Dale Kildee now has the whole county, much to the thanks of Mike Rogers. There were some slight changes in the state representative districts, with Dave Robertson having a competitive district in the fast growing and more republican Southern portion of the county. Previously Grand Blanc and Fenton were split between Deborah Cherry’s district, and Patricia Lockwood’s district. The other districts became more democrat because of Robertson’s GOP leaning district.

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