Friday, May 27, 2005

Roscommon County

Roscommon County:
Location – North Michigan
Population – 25,469 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.99% White, .32% Black, .64% American Indian, .19% Asian, .10% Some other Race, .72% Two or more races, .80% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Roscommon (pop 1133)

Roscommon County is a swing county in Northern Michigan. It contains two significant inland lakes in Houghton and Higgins Lakes, as well as one of the branches of the Au Sable River. Roscommon is known for Canoeing, Hunting, and Fishing.

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) – 63.66%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.34%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.76%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.09%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 53.04%, John Smietanka (R) – 46.96%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 92.68%, Dan Marsh (Lib) – 4.84%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 60.11%, Joel Casler (D) – 39.89%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 50.61%, Terry Diane Suchowesky (D) – 49.39%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 53.19%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.11%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 69.96%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (R) – 27.97%,

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 52.79%, Paul D Williamson II (D) – 44.18%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 50.91%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.85%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 60.20%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 37.22%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 51.67%, Gary Peters (D) – 44.94%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 62.95%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 35.46%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 69.67%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 29.05%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 60.81%, Carl Dahlberg (D)– 37.47%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 50.68%, Ken Carlson (R) – 49.32%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 67.98%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 31.36%

State Representative:
103rd District – Joel Sheltrown (D) – 56.64%, Bruce Rendon (R) – 43.36%%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
ROSCOMMON COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 6190 (47.88%), Gore – 6433 (49.76%)
2004 – Bush – 7364 (51.28%), Kerry – 6810 (47.43%)

Au Sable Township
2000 - 68 (53.13%), 58 (45.31%)
2004 – 74 (50.00%), 73 (49.32%)

Backus Township
2000 - 94 (53.11%), 80 (45.20%)
2004 – 105 (55.85%), 80 (42.55%)

Denton Township
2000 - 1429 (47.86%), 1498 (50.17%)
2004 – 1690 (51.54%), 1549 (47.24%)

Gerrish Township
2000 - 1006 (52.89%), 837 (44.01%)
2004 – 1145 (54.65%), 926 (44.20%)

Higgins Township
2000 - 359 (44.71%), 418 (52.05%)
2004 – 453 (49.19%), 451 (48.97%)

Lake Township
2000 - 412 (49.22%), 403 (48.15%)
2004 – 460 (54.70%), 373 (44.35%)

Lyon Township
2000 - 449 (51.37%), 399 (45.65%)
2004 – 517 (54.94%), 413 (43.89%)

Markey Township
2000 - 628 (47.22%), 675 (50.75%)
2004 – 754 (52.73%), 666 (46.57%)

Nester Township
2000 - 79 (48.77%), 82 (50.62%)
2004 – 100 (52.36%), 86 (45.03%)

Richfield Township
2000 - 798 (40.67%), 1128 (57.49%)
2004 – 948 (43.75%), 1186 (54.73%)

Roscommon Township
2000 - 868 (49.12%), 855 (48.39%)
2004 – 1118 (52.02%), 997 (46.39%)

Roscommon took a right turn for president in 2004. Bush won every township except the most democrat one in Richfield where he still gained 3.5%. Kerry lost 4.5% in Richfield (St Helen) as well. That said, it has not abandoned the democrats completely as Joel Sheltrown took Dale’s open seat easily. They don’t like the John Kerry style of democrat.

Redistricting did not change the congressional or state senator seats here, but significantly alters the state rep district. It used to be in a strongly GOP district based towards Cadillac. Now it is a swing district where the GOP gambed and lost because of Sheltrown’s personal popularity. The new district stretches from the Lake Huron coast west to Missaukee County which is the 2nd most GOP in the state by percentage. The other three counties (Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco) are slightly democrat leaning in state rep contests – but are solid for Sheltrown who is a pro-2a democrat who receives crossvotes.

Roscommon should be competitive in the future for statewide and state rep contests.

1 comment:

redrummy222 said...

As a lifelong resident of Roscommon County, and particularly Richfield Township, I guarantee the voters of this area will vote for the candidate with the best "Mid-Western" common sense. After the bill of goods that was sold after 9/11 by Bush, your party will not fair well here for quite some time. We have figured out that our current president did not restore integrity as his platform contended in 2000. He did the exact opposite.