Sunday, May 29, 2005

Iosco County

Iosco County:
Location – Northeastern Michigan
Population – 27,339 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 96.92% White, .41% Black, .66% American Indian, .46% Asian, .23% Some other Race, 1.27% Two or more races, .98% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Tawas City (pop 2,005)

Iosco County is a rural county on Lake Huron’s coast in Northeastern Michigan. It is between Standish and Harrisville.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Bart Stupak (D) – 1st District
State Senator – Tony Stamas (R) – 36th District
State Representative – Joel Sheltrown (D) – 103rd District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 66.51%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 33.49%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 70.96%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.86%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.51%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.49%

Congress:
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 66.73%, Donald Brewster (R) – 31.62%

State Senator:
37th District – Walt North (R) – 56.24%, Kay Ann Chase (D) – 43.76%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 51.62%, Don Birgel (R) – 48.38%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate Spence Abraham (R) – 52.60%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.83%
Congress:
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 72.97%, Ronald Actis (D) – 25.11%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 65.55%, Don Birgel (R) – 34.45%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.32%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 48.17%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 54.81%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 42.49%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 50.86%, Mike Cox (R) – 46.24%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 62.80%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 34.89%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 61.76%, Don Hooper (R) – 36.59%
State Senate:
36th District – Andy Neumann (D) – 53.87%, Tony Stamas (R) – 46.13%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 65.60%, Ken Carlson (R) – 34.40%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 63.67%, Don Hooper (R) – 34.37%

State Representative
103rd District – Joel Sheltrown (D) – 61.27%, Bruce Rendon (R) – 38.73%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
IOSCO COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 6345 (47.99%), Gore – 6505 (49.20%)
2004 – Bush – 7301 (52.13%), Kerry – 6557 (46.82%)

Alabaster Township
2000 - 178 (56.69%), 130 (41.40%)
2004 – 191 (56.01%), 147 (43.11%)

Au Sable Township
2000 - 458 (44.47%), 545 (52.91%)
2004 – 523 (48.47%), 542 (50.23%)

Baldwin Township
2000 - 518 (53.68%), 412 (42.69%)
2004 – 573 (56.18%), 440 (43.14%)

Burleigh Township
2000 - 139 (44.84%), 163 (52.58%)
2004 – 172 (48.59%), 178 (50.28%)

East Tawas City
2000 - 758 (51.53%), 665 (45.21%)
2004 – 867 (58.31%), 609 (40.95%)

Grant Township
2000 - 349 (42.00%), 459 (55.23%)
2004 – 412 (48.07%), 439 (51.23%)

Oscoda Township
2000 - 1622 (47.59%), 1686 (49.47%)
2004 – 1977 (52.43%), 1750 (46.41%)

Plainfield Township
2000 - 923 (44.23%), 1119 (53.62%)
2004 – 1019 (48.45%), 1065 (50.64%)

Reno Township
2000 - 131 (47.64%), 133 (48.36%)
2004 – 143 (49.65%), 141 (48.96%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 97 (42.92%), 125 (55.31%)
2004 – 137 (48.07%), 148 (51.93%)

Tawas City
2000 - 466 (52.18%), 404 (45.24%)
2004 – 496 (55.42%), 384 (42.91%)

Tawas Township
2000 - 454 (54.63%), 364 (43.80%)
2004 – 506 (55.79%), 388 (42.78%)

Whittemore City
2000 - 87 (45.31%), 95 (49.48%)
2004 – 75 (42.37%), 100 (56.50%)

Wilber Township
2000 - 165 (43.08%), 205 (53.52%)
2004 – 210 (47.62%), 226 (51.25%)

Iosco County leans conservative democrat, but swung to Bush in 2004, mostly due to the increases in the Tawas area, as well as the flip of Oscoda Township. Like most of Northeastern Michigan, It should continue to be competitive in the future.

Redistricting butchered the 5th district in Congress, and placed Iosco in Stupak's UP based first district. The State Senate seat was changed from a St Ignace based seat to an Alpena to Midland seat. The state representative seat changed slightly, but is still based near West Branch in Ogemaw County.

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