Dr. Robert Townsend, Democratic Candidate
Dr. Robert Townsend, Physician and Activist
Dr. Robert Townsend is from Clare, Michigan and is the owner of Denali Healthcare of Michigan, PLLC, a pain and addiction management clinic with multiple locations throughout Michigan. He has been an advocate of ‘Rational Pain Management’ and alternative medicine since founding Denali in 2010. He is married to Lori (Haring) Townsend and they have three children in the Clare Schools.
He is a graduate of MSU and went to medical school at Nova Southeastern in Florida. Prior to founding Denali Healthcare he practiced Internal Medicine in South Carolina and Alaska. He learned to fly in Alaska and is an instrument rated private pilot based at Clare Municipal Airport. His political history is as a consultant and activist, he worked on the Bonafide Dr/Pt Relationship bill that defined the standard for medical marijuana certifications in the state, is a sought after expert witness in court, and writes extensively on his medical field.
Dr. Robert Townsend’s Political Platform for the 97th District is based on Healthcare, Criminal Justice Reform, the Michigan Economy and Education. He is a strong proponent of vocational education to match job availability, a strong public defender system, reduced militarization of the police and small business development. He is described as a free thinker and able to work with both Democrats and Republicans to develop effective legislation.
What are Dr. Robert Townsend’s Chances?
Longtime political observer Bill BALLENGER refrained from commenting on Dr. Townsend’s candidacy (which was announced only 3 weeks prior to his statement), but said the 97th district is only marginally Republican, and elected a Democrat for state representative about a decade ago.
“Again, all things being equal, and maybe they won’t be, we don’t know who the presidential nominees will be at the top of the ticket … then yeah, the Democrats could win that seat, no question about it,” Ballenger said. “I would say it’s not as high on their list as a bunch of other districts, but it’s not completely out of the question, either.”– From MIRS the Michigan Political Newsletter
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,114 people, 913 households, and 524 families residing in the city. The population density was 568.3 inhabitants per square mile (219.4/km2). There were 1,306 housing units at an average density of 351.1 per square mile (135.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 1.7% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.
There were 913 households of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.6% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.79.
The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.