Nor does Pat Kelly think having state and county representatives from different parties will make a difference in Dexter Township. "Other than a different person, I don't think at all, though it'll be interesting to see how some constituencies interact with them, particularly the farmers."
At the county level, "I don't think anybody will notice the difference," says Kent Martinez-Kratz of replacing his Republican predecessor, Rob Turner. "He was a good commissioner. There may be some small differences on the margins, but there won't be any significant differences."
That's the irony of the west going blue: parties and party allegiances can change, but those distinctions may not make much difference once the election is over and it's time to govern.
[Originally published in April, 2013.]