Sunday, May 29, 2005

Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County:
Location – West Michigan
Population – 238,603 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 84.57% White, 9.73% Black, .41% American Indian, 1.83% Asian, 1.27% Some other Race, 2.15% Two or more races, 2.64% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Kalamazoo (pop 77,145)

Kalamazoo is one of the two counties in West Michigan which lean democrat. It is a competitive county which is the home of Western Michigan University, which is one of the largest in the state.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Fred Upton (R) – 6th District
State Senator:
20th District – Tom George (R)
State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – Kalamazoo, part of Kalamazoo Township, Cooper Township
61st District – Jack Hoogendyk (R) – Portage and Parchment Cities, part of Kalamazoo Township, Alamo, Ostemo, Prarie Ronde, and Texas Townships.
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – Galesburg City, Brady, Charleston, Climax, Comstock, Pavilion, Richland, Ross, Schoolcraft, and Wakeshma Townships.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.58%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.42%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.48%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.32%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 53.83%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 46.17%

Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 66.33%, Clarence Annan (D) - 31.51%

State Senator:
21st District – Dale Shugars (R) – 53.37%, Kristi Carambula (D) – 46.63%

State Representative:
60th District – Ed LaForge (D) – 63.54%, Gloria Jean Ham (R) – 36.43%
61st District – Charles Perricone (R) – 66.43%, Bob Goodwin (D) – 33.57%
63rd District – Jerry Vander Roost (R) – 61.75%, Tom Cook (D) – 38.25%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 51.75%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 45.53%
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 66.38%, James Bupp (D) – 30.62%

State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – 66.50%, Gloria Krueger Ham (R) – 33.50%
61st District – Tom George (R) – 54.38%, Curtis Bell (D) – 44.32%
63rd District – Jerry Vander Roest (R) – 58.61%, Tom Cook (D) – 39.25%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.29%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 46.54%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 58.28%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 39.48%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 51.49%, Gary Peters (D) – 45.95%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 56.66%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 41.72%
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 67.40%, Gary C Giguere (D) – 31.34%

State Senate:
20th District – Tom George (R) – 56.44%, Ed La Forge (D) – 43.56%

State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – 64.01%, Mark Liddle (R) – 35.99%
61st District – Jack Hoogendyk (R) – 56.53%, James Houston (D) – 43.47%
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – 61.21%, Judy Mackinder (R) – 38.79%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 62.10%, Scott Elliot (D) – 35.33%

State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – 68.48%, Nick Fedesna (R) – 31.52%
61st District – Jack Hoogendyk (R) – 54.89%, James Houston (D) – 45.11%
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – 58.02%, James Geary (D) – 41.98%

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

KALAMAZOO COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 48254 (47.94%), Gore - 48807 (48.49%)
2004 – Bush – 57147 (47.71%), Kerry – 61472 (51.31%)

Alamo Township
2000 – 1152 (58.60%), 752 (38.25%)
2004 – 1288 (57.86%), 918 (41.24%)

Brady Township
2000 - 1165 (55.74%), 859 (41.10%)
2004 – 1441 (58.38%), 911 (41.00%)

Chareston Township
2000 - 472 (52.62%), 381 (42.47%)
2004 – 592 (57.70%), 419 (40.84%)

Climax Township
2000 - 600 (55.15%), 457 (42.00%)
2004 – 757 (59.09%), 509 (39.73%)

Comstock Township
2000 - 2996 (48.04%), 3074 (49.29%)
2004 – 3844 (50.33%), 3734 (48.89%)

Cooper Township
2000 - 2288 (53.20%), 1900 (44.18%)
2004 – 2825 (52.94%), 2462 (46.14%)

Galesburg City
2000 - 295 (45.88%), 327 (50.86%)
2004 – 365 (48.86%), 372 (49.80%)

Kalamazoo City
2000 - 8562 (34.72%), 14824 (60.11%)
2004 – 9378 (32.34%), 19377 (66.61%)

Kalamazoo Township
2000 - 3983 (42.08%), 5145 (54.35%)
2004 – 4405 (41.26%), 6165 (57.74%)

Oshtemo Township
2000 - 3830 (49.92%), 3598 (46.89%)
2004 – 4703 (48.71%), 4850 (50.23%)

Parchment City
2000 - 450 (48.54%), 455 (49.08%)
2004 – 516 (51.34%), 482 (47.96%)

Pavilion Township
2000 - 1273 (53.35%), 1045 (43.80%)
2004 – 1643 (53.24%), 1412 (45.76%)

Portage City
2000 - 11124 (52.45%), 9422 (44.43%)
2004 – 13115 (52.62%), 11597 (46.53%)

Prairie Ronde Township
2000 - 662 (63.11%), 359 (34.22%)
2004 – 848 (64.78%), 456 (34.84%)

Richland Township
2000 - 2002 (57.23%), 1404 (40.14%)
2004 – 2354 (56.93%), 1730 (41.84%)

Ross Township
2000 - 1611 (58.60%), 1040 (37.83%)
2004 – 1900 (60.86%), 1197 (38.34%)

Schoolcraft Township
2000 - 1848 (54.76%), 1423 (42.16%)
2004 – 2288 (57.47%), 1652 (41.50%)

Texas Township
2000 - 3592 (61.26%), 2134 (36.39%)
2004 – 4509 (60.22%), 2919 (38.99%)

Wakeshma Township
2000 - 349 (60.28%), 208 (35.92%)
2004 – 406 (63.54%), 221 (34.59%)

Kalamazoo County has taken a bit of a democrat turn in the last few years. Much of that I suspect has to do with Western Michigan University’s influence, although democrats have done well here in the past. Howard Wolpe won here as a congressman back in the 1980’s before redistricting took away Battle Creek. In 2004, Bush gained 9000 votes, but Kerry gained 13,000, most of it in the city of Kalamazoo. Parchment and Comstock Township(eastern suburb of Kalamazoo) flipped to Bush, and Oshtemo Township(West of WMU) flipped to Kerry. Hoogendyk’s seat may be competitve if Oshtemo or his portion of Kalamazoo Township becomes more democrat or if Portage flips. I expect this county to still be competitive, but with a slight democrat lean in the next few elections. Redistricting only made minor changes to the districts.

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