Saturday, May 28, 2005

Leelanau County

Leelanau County:
Location – Northwestern Lower Michigan
Population – 21,119 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 93.52% White, .25% Black, 3.66% American Indian, .24% Asian, 1.34% Some other Race, .97% Two or more races, 3.29% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Leland (unincorporated), soon to be moved to Suttons Bay (pop 2982)

Leelanau County is north of Traverse City and is a penninsula between Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. It is the home of many of Michigan’s wineries, and is the location of many vacation homes on the coast. It leans Republican, but has become less republican over the last few years.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R)
State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)
State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrok (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 70.86%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 29.14%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 77.02%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 21.89%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 57.37%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.63%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 50.10%, Michelle McManus (R) – 48.30%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 66.97%, Joel Casler (D) – 33.03%

State Representative:
104th District – Jason Allen (R) – 61.67%, Jane Hayes (D) – 38.33%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 59.80%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 37.14%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 50.92%, Chuck Yob (R) – 47.83%

State Representative:
104th District – Jason Allen (R) – 69.97%, Ian Whitney (D) – 30.03%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 55.71%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.95%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 66.85%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 29.92%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 59.86%, Gary Peters (D) – 36.68%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 52.32%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 45.93%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) - 66.67%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 30.38%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 59.79%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 36.79%

State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R) – 61.93%, Nick Krieger (D) – 38.07%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 63.97%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 34.92%

State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R) – 59.03%, Rick Gebhard (D) – 40.97%

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

LEELANAU COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 6840 (56.96%), Gore – 4635 (38.60%)
2004 – Bush – 7733 (55.57%), Kerry – 6048 (43.46%)

Bingham Township
2000 - 872 (61.67%), 487 (34.44%)
2004 – 985 (60.24%), 630 (38.53%)

Centerville Township
2000 - 308 (51.42%), 264 (44.07%)
2004 – 382 (52.84%), 335 (46.33%)

Cleveland Township
2000 - 326 (53.80%), 253 (41.75%)
2004 – 333 (48.61%), 349 (50.95%)

Elmwood Township
2000 - 1438 (58.10%), 941 (38.02%)
2004 – 1761 (59.47%), 1174 (39.65%)

Empire Township
2000 - 365 (50.14%), 309 (42.45%)
2004 – 407 (47.05%), 446 (51.53%)

Glen Arbor Township
2000 - 391 (63.27%), 209 (33.82%)
2004 – 374 (55.90%), 288 (43.05%)

Kasson Township
2000 - 379 (51.63%), 318 (43.32%)
2004 – 434 (53.12%), 370 (45.29%)

Leelanau Township
2000 – 709 (54.50%), 536 (41.20%)
2004 – 736 (49.46%), 740 (49.73%)

Leland Township
2000 - 742 (61.53%), 406 (33.67%)
2004 – 831 (60.70%), 531 (38.79%)

Solon Township
2000 - 470 (56.97%), 318 (38.55%)
2004 – 554 (58.32%), 390 (41.05%)

Suttons Bay Township
2000 - 818 (56.07%), 577 (39.55%)
2004 – 906 (53.61%), 769 (45.50%)

Traverse City (part)
2000 - 22 (55.00%), 17 (42.50%)
2004 – 30 (53.57%), 26 (46.43%)

Leelanau County is one of the few counties in the state where Kerry gained over Gore’s numbers in 2000. Kerry flipped three townships which Bush won in 2000. Redistricting placed Leelanau in Camp’s Midland based district instead of Stupak’s UP based district. It also was moved from a Grand Traverse County based state representative district to a coastal based district that stretches from Manistee county to Leelanau County.

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