Friday, May 20, 2005

Shiawassee County

Shiawassee County:
Location – Mid-Michigan
Population – 71,687 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.39% White, .19% Black, .47% American Indian, .28% Asian, .49% Some other Race, 1.17% Two or more races, 1.81% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Corunna (pop 3,381)

Shiawassee County is a fast growing county between Lansing and Flint. It borders Livingston County to the Northwest. Western Shiawassee (Perry, Laingsburg) has a large number of Lansing commuters, and Eastern Shiawassee (Durand) has closer ties to Flint. Owosso is the major city here. Shiawassee is a once democrat leaning, but now competitive county moving more towards the GOP in recent years.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – Caledonia, Fairfield, Hazelton, Middlebury, New Haven, Owosso, Rush, Shiawassee (part), Venice, and Vernon Townships. Cities of Corunna and Owosso.
8th District – Mike Rogers (R) – Antrim, Bennington, Burns, Perry, Sciota, Shiawassee (Part), Vernon, and Woodhull Townships. Cities of Durand, Laingsburg, and Perry.

State Senators:
22nd District – Valde Garcia (R)

State Representative:
85th District – Richard Ball (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 66.31%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 33.62%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.68%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 26.94%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 51.15%, John Smietanka (R) – 48.85%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 89.84%, Dan Marsh (Libertarian) – 7.74%
8th District – Debbie Stabenow (D) – 55.86%, Susan Grimes Munsell (R) – 39.66%

State Senators:
26th District – Mike Rogers (R) – 62.91%, Sylvia McCollough (R) – 35.22%

State Representative:
85th District – Jeffrey Fitzgerald (D) – 48.15%, Larry Julian (R) – 47.94%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 52.49%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.82%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 64.62%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 32.55%
8th District – Mike Rogers (R) – 55.17%, Dianne Byrum (D) – 42.45%

State Representative:
85th District – Larry Julian (R) – 61.19%, James Billis (D) – 34.93%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 51.53%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.05%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 55.75%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 42.29%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 51.67%, Gary Peters (D) – 46.32%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 59.01%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 39.47%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 67.77%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 30.90%
8th District – Mike Rogers (R) – 69.39%, Frank McAlpine (D) – 29.42%

State Senate:
22nd District – Valde Garcia (R) – 64.21%, Jim Swonk (D) – 35.79%

State Representative:
85th District – Larry Julian (R) – 60.85%, Russell Kregger (D) – 37.30%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 63.96%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 35.15%
8th District – Mike Rogers (R) – 63.80%, Bob Alexander (D) – 34.31%

State Representative:
85th District – Richard Ball (R) – 52.55%, Mike Powers (D) – 45.56%

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

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 15816 (49.09%), Gore - 15520 (48.17%)
2004 – Bush – 19407 (52.95%), Kerry – 16881 (46.06%)

Antrim Township
2000 - 544 (60.38%), 337 (37.40%)
2004 – 680 (60.82%), 432 (38.64%)

Bennington Township
2000 - 862 (56.34%), 631 (41.24%)
2004 – 1106 (60.24%), 712 (38.78%)

Burns Township
2000 - 880 (55.24%), 668 (41.93%)
2004 – 1054 (59.85%), 688 (39.07%)

Caledonia township
2000 – 968 (45.90%), 1086 (51.49%)
2004 – 1241 (51.11%), 1168 (48.11%)

Corunna City
2000 - 626 (44.68%), 727 (51.89%)
2004 – 726 (49.29%), 723 (49.08%)

Durand City
2000 - 608 (39.66%), 864 (56.36%)
2004 – 773 (45.10%), 914 (53.33%)

Fairfield Township
2000 -174 (48.47%), 174 (48.47%)
2004 – 190 (47.62%), 203 (50.88%)

Hazelton Township
2000 – 508 (43.91%), 625 (54.02%)
2004 – 625 (47.31%), 691 (52.31%)

Laingsburg City
2000 – 238 (48.57%), 234 (47.76%)
2004 – 327 (53.26%), 279 (45.44%)

Middlebury Township
2000 – 394 (52.46%), 337 (44.87%)
2004 – 471 (56.95%), 349 (42.20%)

New Haven Township
2000 - 364 (52.37%), 324 (46.62%)
2004 – 458 (57.76%), 334 (42.12%)

Owosso City
2000 - 2829 (45.87%), 3166 (51.33%)
2004 – 3336 (48.06%), 3523 (50.75%)

Owosso Township
2000 - 1265 (52.69%), 1067 (44.44%)
2004 – 1449 (54.45%), 1190 (44.72%)

Perry City
2000 – 479 (54.25%), 380 (43.04%)
2004 – 584 (57.03%), 432 (42.19%)

Perry Township
2000 – 985 (52.84%), 834 (44.74%)
2004 – 1255 (57.60%), 908 (41.67%)

Rush Township
2000 – 345 (49.08%), 350 (49.79%)
2004 – 445 (58.48%), 314 (41.26%)

Sciota Township
2000 - 446 (49.89%), 410 (45.86%)
2004 – 535 (55.04%), 425 (43.72%)

Shiawasse Township
2000 – 629 (47.22%), 662 (49.70%)
2004 – 804 (52.21%), 719 (46.69%)

Venice Township
2000 - 613 (49.96%), 579 (47.19%)
2004 – 714 (52.23%), 643 (47.11%)

Vernon Township
2000 - 1105 (46.39%), 1227 (51.51%)
2004 – 1379 (50.39%), 1329 (48.73%)

Woodhull Township
2000 – 954 (51.71%), 838 (45.42%)
2004 – 1258 (57.55%), 905 (41.40%)

Shiawassee County has a lot of “Reagan Democrats” and is for the most part fiscally populist and socially conservative (pro-life, pro-Second Amendment). It took a right turn in 2004 and did not support John Kerry. It’s not solidly republican though as until Larry Julian won in 1998, democrats held the state rep seat for 20 years. Eastern Shiawassee tilts more democrat, and Western Shiawassee tilts more Republican. Bush did well in both sections in 2004, gaining everywhere except in one township. He won several "Gore" townships.

Redistricting did not change this district much. It’s still split for Congress, keeps the same state rep and state senate districts.

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