Sunday, May 29, 2005

Jackson County

Jackson County:
Location – South Central Michigan
Population – 158,422 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 88.54% White, 7.92% Black, .40% American Indian, .53% Asian, .83% Some other Race, 1.74% Two or more races, 2.20% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Jackson (pop 36,316)

Jackson County is the birthplace of the Republican Party. It is between Ann Arbor and Albion, and between Lansing and Hudson. It is a marginally Republican County. The City of Jackson tilts democrat(although less than other core cities), Leoni and Blackman Townships swing, and the rest of the county tilts republican. Until recently, Concord was the home of the Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent. Jackson has one of the largest prisons in the state.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Joe Schwarz (R) – 7th District
State Senator:
17th District – Beverly Hammerstrom (R) – Grass Lake, Leoni, Norvell, and Summit Townships
19th District – Mark Schauer (D) – Rest of County
State Representative:
64th District – Rick Baxter (R) – Concord and Hanover Townships, Jackson City, Napoleon, Parma, Pulaski, Sandstone, Spring Arbor, and Summit Townships.
65th District – Leslie Mortimer (R) – Blackman, Columbia, Grass Lake, Henrietta, Leoni, Liberty, Norvell, Rives, Springport, Tompkins, and Waterloo Townships

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.29%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.71%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 74.10%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 24.29%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.08%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.92%

Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 58.16%, Jim Berryman (D) - 38.75%

State Senator:
19th District – Phillip Hoffman (R) – 69.05%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 30.95%

State Representative:
64th District – Clark Bisbee (R) – 53.81%, Martin J Griffin (D) – 46.19%
65th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 61.88%, Debbie Phelps (D) – 38.12%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 53.80%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 43.45%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 61.90%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 34.89%

State Representative:
64th District – Clark Bisbee (R) – 60.48%, Lou Adams (D) – 39.52%
65th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 62.66%, Brenda Abbey (D) – 37.34%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 51.83%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 46.92%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 61.50%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 37.34%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 54.49%, Gary Peters (D) – 42.70%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 55.68%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 42.62%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 60.42%, Mike Simpson (D) – 37.94%

State Senate:
17th District – Beverly Hammerstrom (R) – 62.06%, Sharon LeMasters (D) – 37.94%
19th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 52.28%, Mark Schauer (D) – 47.72%

State Representative:
64th District – Clark Bisbee (R) – 64.06%, Robert McNitt (D) – 35.94%
65th District – Jerry Kratz (R) – 56.67%, Sharon Renier (D) – 43.33%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
7th District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 57.50%, Sharon Renier (D) – 36.46%

State Representative:
64th District – Rick Baxter (R) – 49.81%, Martin J Griffin (D) – 48.87%
65th District – Leslie Mortimer (R) – 50.93%, Mike Simpson (D) – 49.07%

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

JACKSON COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 32066 (51.76%), Gore – 28160 (45.46%)
2004 – Bush – 40029 (55.75%), Kerry – 31025 (43.21%)

Blackman Township
2000 - 3249 (49.26%), 3202 (48.55%)
2004 – 4258 (54.69%), 3454 (44.37%)

Columbia Township
2000 - 2077 (55.67%), 1541 (41.30%)
2004 – 2532 (59.42%), 1693 (39.73%)

Concord Township
2000 - 713 (60.89%), 421 (35.95%)
2004 – 843 (62.72%), 483 (35.84%)

Grass Lake Township
2000 - 1242 (54.88%), 939 (41.49%)
2004 – 1684 (58.94%), 1132 (39.62%)

Hanover Township
2000 - 980 (58.51%), 665 (39.70%)
2004 – 1199 (61.17%), 749 (38.01%)

Henrietta Township
2000 - 927 (52.17%), 798 (44.91%)
2004 – 1196 (55.06%), 952 (43.83%)

Jackson City
2000 - 4259 (38.72%), 6431 (58.46%)
2004 – 5257 (41.93%), 7142 (56.97%)

Leoni Township
2000 - 2474 (46.58%), 2703 (50.89%)
2004 – 3216 (51.28%), 2971 (47.37%)

Liberty Township
2000 - 845 (59.17%), 546 (38.24%)
2004 – 1106 (64.04%), 610 (35.32%)

Napoleon Township
2000 - 1521 (49.30%), 1477 (47.88%)
2004 – 1893 (55.32%), 1484 (43.66%)

Norvell Township
2000 - 715 (50.39%), 661 (46.58%)
2004 – 962 (54.88%), 774 (44.15%)

Parma Township
2000 - 586 (51.22%), 497 (43.44%)
2004 – 714 (57.21%), 523 (41.91%)

Pulaski Township
2000 - 473 (58.18%), 313 (38.50%)
2004 – 635 (62.75%), 363 (35.87%)

Rives Township
2000 - 1229 (59.11%), 802 (38.58%)
2004 – 1464 (63.62%), 809 (35.16%)

Sandstone Township
2000 - 1023 (62.61%), 576 (35.25%)
2004 – 1293 (66.68%), 626 (32.28%)

Spring Arbor Township
2000 - 2262 (67.36%), 1032 (30.73%)
2004 – 2763 (70.77%), 1105 (28.30%)

Springport Township
2000 - 441 (55.13%), 330 (41.25%)
2004 – 577 (62.45%), 332 (35.93%)

Summit Township
2000 - 5800 (56.30%), 4180 (40.57%)
2004 – 6894 (59.56%), 4579 (39.56%)

Tompkins Township
2000 - 652 (56.40%), 485 (41.96%)
2004 – 772 (58.62%), 537 (40.77%)

Waterloo Township
2000 - 598 (49.46%), 561 (46.40%)
2004 – 771 (51.92%), 701 (47.21%)

President Bush made some major strides in Jackson County from 2000 to 2004, and flipped Leoni Township. He might have saved two competitive open state representative seats for us in 2004. Both of them were competitive after redistricting. The state senate redistricting benefitted the democrats here. Instead of the Hoffman seat which was solidly GOP, the district covers all of Calhoun County, and most of Jackson, but without solidly GOP Summit Township. I expect a lot of fights for the state representative and state senate seats in Jackson. All of them are competitive, as the county is as a whole in presidential and gubenatorial elections. Jackson leans slightly republican, but not by that much outside of Bush 2004.

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