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Jim Townsend
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 26
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011- present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Townsend is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Townsend earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina, and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. His professional experience includes founding a consulting business, serving as the executive director of the Tourism Economic Development Council, and leading national marketing and sales for Ford Motor Company’s minivan division.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Townsend served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Commerce
Michigan Competitiveness
Tax Policy

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Townsend served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Townsend served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Townsend's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Standing Up for the Middle Class

  • Excerpt: "It is time that we stop blaming working people for our economic challenges and start investing in their capacity to compete."

We Have the Power to Change Michigan

  • Excerpt: "As your state representative I will fight tirelessly for the interests of Madison Heights and Royal Oak but I will also reach out to my colleagues in the region who are interested in building on the assets we share as metro Detroiters to create an economy our kids will be glad to inherit."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Our job in Michigan is to become a model of progressive innovation in health care that expands access to affordable insurance and lowers the cost of health care for all."

Issues Affecting Women

  • Excerpt: "While much progress has been made in recent decades toward eliminating discrimination against women and opening up a wide array of new opportunities, it is vitally important that we remain vigilant against efforts to turn back the clock on women's rights and freedoms, work to overcome barriers that still stand in the way of full gender equality and take action on problems that disproportionately affect women."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "We must value Michigan's environmental treasures and stand up to those who would take our water or damage our land."

Voting record details

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Incumbent Jim Townsend was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Greg Dildilian was unopposed in the Republican primary.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Townsend won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 26. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Mark Bliss (R) and James K. Young (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Townsend Incumbent 60.4% 26,094
     Republican Mark Bliss 35.9% 15,502
     Libertarian James Young 3.8% 1,636
Total Votes 43,232

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Townsend won election to the District 26 seat in 2010. He defeated Frank Houston, Bob Klotz and Kevin McLogan in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated Ken Rosen (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 26 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Townsend (D) 15,490
Ken Rosen (R) 13,347
James Young (L) 938

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Townsend is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Townsend raised a total of $264,469 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 1, 2013.[8]

Jim Townsend's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 26 Won $132,464
2010 Michigan State House, District 26 Won $132,005
Grand Total Raised $264,469

2012

Townsend won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Townsend raised a total of $132,464.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Townsend's campaign in 2012
DTE Energy$5,000
Operating Engineers Local 324$5,000
Michigan Education Association$4,100
CMS Energy$3,650
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$3,400
Total Raised in 2012$132,464
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Townsend won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Townsend raised a total of $132,005.

Scorecards

Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[9]

January 2011 - March 2012

Jim Townsend received a 12% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[9]

Personal

Townsend and his wife Jennie have two children.

Controversies

Recall effort

See also: Jim Townsend recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)

On September 26, 2011, The Oakland County Election Commission approved recall language against Jim Townsend. In order for a recall election to be scheduled, organizers would have had to collect valid signatures of 25 percent of the people who voted for governor in the district in the last election.[10]

The recall never made it to the ballot.

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External links

References

Political offices
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2011–present
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