Current Rep - Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek)
Old District (62nd)
Kate Segal - 14,188
Steven Mobley - 11,719
GOP - Mark Behnke (R-Battle Creek)
Dem - Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek)
Update 5-26-2012 - I'm not sure we could have a better candidate for our side than Mark Behnke. That makes me irked even more at the house redistricting committee for this district. Mark Behnke is former Mayor of Battle Creek and former city commissioner there. Considering that's a democrat leaning area, he's shown strength there. If he isn't completely killed in Albion or strongly overperforms in Springfield, he has a shot.
This district is entirely in Calhoun County. I don't like this district at all. They all but conceded a district to make Bolger more safe than he already is. The old district leaned democrat, but was won by Mike Nofs three times. The new district is even more democrat.
The old district covered Albion, Athens, 90%+ of Battle Creek, a small part of Bedford Twp, Burlington Twp, Clarence Twp, Clarendon Twp, Convis Twp, Eckford Twp, Fredonia Twp, Homer Twp, Lee Twp, Leroy Twp, Marengo Twp, Sheridan Twp, Sprinfield, and Tekonska Twp. The new district drops most of this and covers all of Battle Creek, Springfield, Bedford Twp, Pennfield Twp, Convis Twp, Lee Twp, Clarence Twp, Sheridan Twp, and Albion. Keeping Albion, Springfield, and Battle Creek together is tough. Adding Bedford Twp makes it worse. Pennfield is the only good addition, but it's only good if Albion's removed. Did I mention that I don't like this district at all? John Kerry lost Calhoun County. John Kerry won this district.
Even the old district leaned slightly democrat. Mark Schauer held the old district before Mike Nofs took the open seat (and Schauer the State Senate seat). Kate Segal took the open seat after Nofs ran for State Senate when Schauer ran for congress and won, before losing the rematch. Segal survived 2010 as an incumbent and I believe has one term left.
I would have split Albion and Battle Creek if possible. That would make this much easier.
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