Friday, May 13, 2005

Montmorency County

Montmorency County:
Location – Northeastern Lower Michigan
Population – 10,315 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 98.36% White, .24% Black, .36% American Indian, .10% Asian, .10% Some other Race, .84% Two or more races, .65% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Atlanta (pop 757)

Montmorency County is most known for elk herds. It’s a GOP leaning county on the federal level, but more competitive on local levels. It’s between strongly GOP Otsego County and strongly democrat Alpena County.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
1st District – Bart Stupak (R)

State Senators:
36th District – Tony Stamas (R)

State Representative:
106th District – Matt Gillard (D)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 64.99%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 35.01%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 72.21%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 26.38%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 51.78%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 48.22%,

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 55.33%, Michelle McManus (R) – 43.03%

State Senators:
37th District – Walt North (R) – 67.33%, Kay Anne Chase (D) – 32.67%

State Representative:
105th District – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 64.35%, Elaine Felts (D) – 35.65%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 57.85%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 39.27%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 58.75%, Chuck Yob (R) – 40.13%

State Representative:
105th District – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 66.99%, – Tony Hefner (D) – 33.01%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 55.64%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.94%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 63.34%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 34.80%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 54.71%, Gary Peters (D) – 42.95%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 60.07%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 38.64%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) - 68.93%, Don Hooper(R) – 30.48%

State Senate:
36th District – Andy Neumann (D) – 55.81%, Tony Stamas (R) – 44.19%

State Representative:
106th District – David Wyman (R) – 56.44%, Matt Gillard (D) – 43.56%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 64.18%, Don Hooper (R) – 34.30%

State Representative:
106th District – Matt Gillard (D) – 56.45%, Richard Fortier (R) – 43.55%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
MONTMORENCY COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 2750 (54.90%), Gore – 2139 (42.70%)
2004 – Bush – 3300 (59.32%), Kerry – 2196 (39.48%)

Albert Township
2000 - 664 (50.26%), 618 (46.78%)
2004 – 823 (56.45%), 617 (42.32%)

Avery Township
2000 - 164 (49.25%), 164 (49.25%)
2004 – 226 (61.75%), 138 (37.70%)

Briley Township
2000 - 572 (54.84%), 436 (41.80%)
2004 – 645 (59.50%), 424 (39.11%)

Hillman Township
2000 - 536 (55.54%), 416 (43.11%)
2004 – 618 (57.12%), 451 (41.68%)

Loud Township
2000 - 75 (48.08%), 77 (49.36%)
2004 – 107 (56.02%), 76 (39.79%)

Montmorency Township
2000 - 413 (60.82%), 257 (37.85%)
2004 – 493 (61.93%), 297 (37.31%)

Rust Township
2000 - 178 (66.17%), 84 (31.23%)
2004 – 202 (70.63%), 82 (28.67%)

Vienna Township
2000 - 148 (61.16%), 87 (35.95%)
2004 – 186 (62.00%), 111 (47.00%)

Much like the rest of Northeastern Michigan, Bush made major gains in Montmorency County and ran ahead of most Republicans here. While Montmorency County has a GOP lean, it’s not as solid as neighboring Otsego County, and neighboring Alpena has a strong democrat lean(although voted for Bush)

Redistricting significantly changed the districts here. The congressional district did not change here, but the state rep district is now Alpena based instead of Otsego County based. It’s a 50/50 district that Matt Gillard narrowly won. Alpena based districts have been democrat for years, although competitive. Gillard is likely safe for one more term, with 2008 going to be a major showdown when the seat opens. The state senate district runs from Midland to Alpena. Montmorency County voted more “homer” than anything else here. Stamas is from Midland, and Neumann is from Alpena. The gun issue wasn’t a big issue either in this race either since both voted for conceal carry. This will be a strongly contested district in 06.

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