Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Missaukee County

Missaukee County:
Location – North Michigan
Population – 14,478 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.50% White, .20% Black, .50% American Indian, .24% Asian, .37% Some other Race, 1.19% Two or more races, 1.17% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Lake City (pop 923)

Missaukee County is the 2nd most GOP county in the state, behind Ottawa County. It is a rural county between Roscommon and Cadillac.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R)

State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)

State Representative:
103rd District – Joel Sheltrown (D)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 72.78%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 27.22%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 77.58%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 20.84%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 62.33%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 37.67%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 92.88%, Dan Marsh (Libertarian) – 5.07%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 71.98%, Joel Casler (D) – 28.02%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 67.75%, Terry Suchowesky (D) – 32.25%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 67.59%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 29.54%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 77.16%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 20.09%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 70.44%, – Paul Williamson (D) – 24.64%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 66.11%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 32.92%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 72.36%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 26.20%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 68.68%, Gary Peters (D) – 29.40%
US Senate - Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 53.01%, Carl Levin (D) – 46.04%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 78.12%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 20.67%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 71.99%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 26.36%

State Representative:
103rd District – Ken Carlson (R) – 61.50%, Dale Sheltrown (D) – 38.50%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 75.84%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 23.35%

State Representative:
98th District – Bruce Rendon (R) – 65.91%, Joel Sheltrown (D) – 34.09%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
MISSAUKEE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 4274 (65.79%), Gore – 2062 (31.74%)
2004 – Bush – 5055 (68.12%), Kerry – 2319 (31.25%)

Aetna Township
2000 – 192 (77.11%), 54 (21.69%)
2004 – 215 (78.18%), 60 (21.82%)

Bloomfield Township
2000 - 106 (53.00%), 91 (45.50%)
2004 – 148 (58.73%), 101 (40.08%)

Butterfield Township
2000 – 135 (54.44%), 104 (41.94%)
2004 – 161 (59.63%), 107 (39.63%)

Caldwell Township
2000 – 331 (62.81%), 178 (33.78%)
2004 – 412 (64.78%), 219 (34.43%)

Clam Union Township
2000 – 336 (86.60%), 49 (12.63%)
2004 – 416 (84.55%), 72 (14.63%)

Enterprise Township
2000 - 52 (67.53%), 25 (32.47%)
2004 – 67 (64.42%), 37 (35.58%)

Forest Township
2000 - 229 (54.65%), 171 (40.81%)
2004 – 291 (60.37%), 186 (38.59%)

Holland Township
2000 - 56 (48.70%), 55 (47.83%)
2004 – 62 (49.21%), 63 (50.00%)

Lake City
2000 - 242 (52.16%), 209 (45.04%)
2004 – 265 (58.37%), 186 (40.97%)

Lake Township
2000 - 727 (58.53%), 472 (38.00%)
2004 – 862 (61.40%), 531 (37.82%)

McBain City
2000 - 271 (83.13%), 53 (16.26%)
2004 – 280 (81.87%), 62 (18.13%)

Norwich Township
2000 - 146 (58.63%), 101 (40.56%)
2004 – 190 (59.19%), 130 (40.50%)

Pioneer Township
2000 - 99 (53.23%), 81 (43.55%)
2004 – 131 (58.22%), 91 (40.44%)

Reeder Township
2000 - 295 (64.98%), 150 (33.04%)
2004 – 365 (69.00%), 161 (30.43%)

Richland Township
2000 - 588 (82.01%), 119 (16.60%)
2004 – 649 (84.73%), 114 (14.88%)

Riverside Township
2000 - 352 (80.55%), 80 (18.31%)
2004 – 405 (78.79%), 108 (21.01%)

West Branch Township
2000 - 116 (59.18%), 70 (35.71%)
2004 – 136 (59.39%), 91 (39.74%)

Not only is this county staunchly Republican, it took a right turn in 2004. Missaukee County’s only weakness is that it is one of the smallest counties in Lower Michigan as it has a population smaller than several townships in Livingston County. Every vote counts, and Mike Cox’s win in 2002 was only twice Bush’s 2700 vote spread in Missaukee County.

Redistricting changed the state rep district from Rick Johnson/Darwin Booher’s solid GOP North central district to a competitive swing district which includes Missaukee County, and the competitive counties of Iosco (East Tawas), Roscommon, and Ogemaw (West Branch) counties which all went for Gore and Bush. Bush carried the district overall with 54%. However, Joel Sheltrown had the right last name and won the district. Dale Sheltrown was a popular pro-2a democrat from West Branch and his brother benefitted from that. Joel won the district with 56.51% of the vote, winning every county but Missaukee. The district will probably be very competitive in 2010.

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