Friday, May 27, 2005

Ottawa County

Ottawa County:
Location – West Michigan
Population – 238,314 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 91.52% White, 1.05% Black, .36% American Indian, 2.09% Asian, 3.48% Some other Race, 1.48% Two or more races, 7.00% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Grand Haven (pop 11,168)

Ottawa County is the most GOP county in the state, and is one of the most GOP counties in the country. It is the center of Michigan’s Dutch influence. Holland, Zeeland, and Grand Haven are the main areas of this county.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R)

State Senators:
30th District – Wayne Kuipers (R)

State Representative:
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – Crockery, Georgetown, Polkton, Tallmadge, and Wright Townships. Coopersville City.

89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – Allendale, Grand Haven, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, and Spring Lake Townships. Cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg.

90th District – Bill Huizenga (R) – Blendon, Holland, Jamestown, and Zeeland Townships. Cities of Holland, Hudsonville, and Zeeland.

91st District – David Farhat (R) – Chester Township.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 85.40%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 14.58%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 86.11%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 12.94%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 74.06%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 25.94%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 80.84%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 17.94%

State Senators:
22nd District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 87.72%, Melvin Jay Lewis (D) – 12.28%
32nd District – Leon Stille (R) – 79.38%, Greg Woodbury (D) – 20.62%

State Representative:
74th District – James Koetje (R) – 74.75%, Bonnie Reffit (D) – 25.25%
89th District – Jon Jellema (R) – 83.14%, Albert Dallas (D) – 16.86%
90th District – Wayne Kuipers (R) – 84.44%, Clemente Amaya (D) – 15.56%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 72.60%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 25.51%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 75.86%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 22.29%,

State Representative:
74th District – James Koetje (R) – 73.61%, Alton Nielsen (D) – 23.84%
89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – 75.31%, James E Helmick (D) – 24.69%
90th District – Wayne Kuipers (R) – 76.66%, John O’Brien (D) – 19.32%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 71.22%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 28.11%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 78.85%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 19.66%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 72.81%, Gary Peters (D) – 25.37%
US Senate - Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 64.78%, Carl Levin (D) – 34.18%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 81.04%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 17.56%

State Senate:
30th District – Wayne Kuipers (R) – 75.62%, John O’Brien (D) – 22.66%

State Representative:
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 80.73%, Beverly Barringer (D) – 18.33%
89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – 72.57%, Becky Arenas (D) – 27.43%
90th District – Bill Huizenga (R) – 81.61%, Ken Breese (D) – 18.39%
91st District – David Farhat (R) – 70.63%, Nancy Frye (D) – 29.37

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 78.98%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 19.31%

State Representative:
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 78.04, Dawn Sloboda (D) – 20.70%
89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – 72.57%, Rebecca Arenas (D) – 28.22%
90th District – Bill Huizenga (R) – 78.56%, Jo Bartlett (R) – 18.45%
91st District – David Farhat (R) – 69.67%, Nancy Frye (D) – 30.33%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
OTTAWA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 78703 (71.16%), Gore – 29600 (26.76%)
2004 – Bush – 92048 (71.55%), Kerry – 35552 (27.64%)

Allendale Township
2000 - 3227 (72.55%), 975 (22.73%)
2004 – 4260 (77.10%), 1210 (21.90%)

Blendon Township
2000 - 2608 (88.08%), 310 (10.47%)
2004 – 3002 (88.24%), 372 (10.96%)

Chester Township
2000 - 655 (68.51%), 284 (29.71%)
2004 – 732 (67.53%), 345 (31.83%)

Coopersville City
2000 - 1113 (64.60%), 576 (33.43%)
2004 – 1389 (66.40%), 686 (32.79%)

Crockery Township
2000 - 948 (57.25%), 658 (39.73%)
2004 – 1181 (58.32%), 823 (40.64%)

Ferrysburg City
2000 - 1001 (59.23%), 651 (38.52%)
2004 – 1049 (58.87%), 718 (40.29%)

Georgetown Township
2000 - 17477 (78.46%), 4518 (20.28%)
2004 – 20520 (78.64%), 5410 (20.73%)

Grand Haven City
2000 - 2964 (51.27%), 2609 (45.13%)
2004 – 3225 (53.45%), 2743 (45.46%)

Grand Haven Township
2000 - 4023 (60.75%), 2466 (37.24%)
2004 – 5079 (62.17%), 3010 (36.84%)

Holland City
2000 - 6360 (62.26%), 3547 (34.72%)
2004 – 6361 (59.42%), 4226 (39.48%)

Holland Township
2000 - 7609 (71.99%), 2747 (25.99%)
2004 – 9386 (72.41%), 3482 (26.86%)

Hudsonville City
2000 - 3233 (86.08%), 468 (12.46%)
2004 – 3521 (86.19%), 544 (13.32%)

Jamestown Township
2000 - 2430 (89.67%), 257 (9.48%)
2004 – 3047 (88.47%), 372 (10.80%)

Olive Township
2000 - 1346 (81.67%), 282 (17.11%)
2004 – 1616 (81.41%), 359 (18.09%)

Park Township
2000 - 6412 (68.89%), 2668 (28.66%)
2004 – 7250 (67.98%), 3329 (31.21%)

Polkton Township
2000 - 850 (74.17%), 273 (23.82%)
2004 – 1023 (76.23%), 309 (23.03%)

Port Sheldon Township
2000 - 1522 (70.07%), 594 (27.34%)
2004 – 1834 (69.92%), 883 (29.01%)

Robinson Township
2000 - 1519 (65.50%), 722 (31.13%)
2004 – 1873 (67.33%), 883 (31.74%)

Spring Lake Township
2000 - 4272 (60.44%), 2611 (36.94%)
2004 – 4872 (59.97%), 3171 (39.03%)

Tallmadge Township
2000 - 2538 (69.48%), 1031 (28.22%)
2004 – 3006 (71.59%), 1131 (27.65%)

Wright Township
2000 - 1027 (67.43%), 455 (29.88%)
2004 – 1219 (71.20%), 474 (27.69%)

Zeeland City
2000 - 2556 (83.18%), 479 (15.59%)
2004 – 2686 (83.42%), 518 (16.09%)

Zeeland Township
2000 - 3013 (86.48%), 419 (12.03%)
2004 – 3917 (85.34%), 645 (14.05%)

This is the most GOP county in the state, by far. Some of the townships here are almost as GOP by percentage as Detroit is democrat. Kerry and Bush both gained slightly by percentage, but vote spread was a major gain for Bush. Allendale is a little surprising since it is a college area (Grand Valley State University). Holland has a large Mexican population, which likely affected the Kerry gains there. Grand Haven was a good gain for Bush, epsecially with its proximity to nearby Muskegon, as well as being a favorite vacation area for Chicagoians.

Redistricting changed much of the area. It’s still the base of the 2nd District for Congress. The state senate district now is all in Ottawa County, creating a swing Muskegon based district just to the north. The state rep districts hace chanced a bit, shrinking due to the county’s growth. They are all solid republican except for the 91st district which is Mukegon County based. That district has Chester Township as well to help David Farhat gain a few hundred votes.

Ottawa County is not going to be competitive anytime soon outside of a primary race. The GOP needs to keep the high vote spreads here to help offset democrat strongholds in Wayne County.

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