Forest Hills, MI Voting


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Forest Hills, MI is a small city located in western Michigan. It has a long history of being politically active and engaged in local government. The city holds elections for mayor and city council members every two years. Currently, the mayor is Anika Napier and the city council consists of five members who serve on the committee overseeing various aspects of local government such as public safety, infrastructure projects, and community events. Residents also have the opportunity to get involved by attending public forums hosted by local politicians or running for office themselves. The City Council is always looking for new perspectives on how to solve problems that affect Forest Hills residents, making it an ideal place for people interested in getting involved in their own communities.

The political climate in Forest Hills, MI is leaning conservative.

Kent County, MI is leaning liberal. In Kent County, MI 51.9% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 45.8% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.3% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Kent county flipped moderately Democratic, 51.9% to 45.8%.
Kent county flipped Democratic in 2020, after voting Republican in four of the last six Presidential elections.

The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index

Forest Hills, MI is leaning conservative.

Kent County, Michigan is leaning liberal.

Grand Rapids-Kentwood Metro Area is leaning conservative.

Michigan is leaning liberal.

The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Forest Hills, Michigan: R R d r r d

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D if the Democratic Party candidate won and I if the Independent Party candidate won. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here's the VoteWord for Iowa d r d d r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.

Individual Campaign Contributions in Forest Hills, MI

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 13,724 contributions totaling $1,482,123 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $108 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 4,302 contributions totaling $4,478,420 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $1,041 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

Kent County, Michigan Politics Voting
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