Woodrow Stanley

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Woodrow Stanley
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 34th district
Assumed office
Governor Jennifer Granholm
Preceded by Brenda Clack
County Commissioner
In office
Succeeded by Brenda Clack
Constituency Genesee County 2nd District
County Commission Chair
In office
Constituency Genesee County Board of Commissioners
89th / 4th (strong) executive Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan
In office
1991 – March 5, 2002
Preceded by Matthew S. Collier
Succeeded by Darnell Earley, temporary (City Administrator)
James W. Rutherford(August 6, 2002)
Both with Edward J. Kurtz, Emergency Financial Manager
Constituency City of Flint
City Councilor
In office
Constituency City of Flint 2nd Ward
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Reta
Relations Grandchildren: Carmia, John III, Sasha
Children Heather, Jasmine
Alma mater Mott Community College
University of Michigan-Flint
Religion Methodist Episcopal

Woodrow Stanley, a Democratic Party politician, is a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 34th District. He was a former mayor of Flint, until he was recalled from office in 2002.

Early life[edit]

Stanley attended and graduated from Mott Community College. He then attended University of Michigan-Flint earning Bachelor's degree in political science. At University of Michigan-Flint, he has done additional course work towards a Masters of Public Administration.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1983, Stanley was appointed to the Flint City Council representing the 2nd ward being reelected until his election to the office of Mayor of the City of Flint defeating the incubment Matthew S. Collier. Stanley was elected to three terms as Mayor defeating (in order) future mayor Don Williamson (1995) and City Councilor Scott Kincaid (1999).[2] He was recalled in 2002 due to the city's shaky financial condition and a state appointed Financial Manager was appointed after he left office. In 2004, Stanley was elected to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, 2nd District.[3] In his second term as Commissioner, Stanley was selected to be chairman of the Board of Commissioners.[4] In November 2008, Stanley was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives from the 34th District.[3][5]

Mayoral Elections Results
1991 25,946 Matt Collier 17,686
1995 21,687 Don Williamson 9,168
1999 17,224 Scott Kincaid 16,393
2002 12,336 Recall 15,863


State Representative Election Results
Election Year Votes Opponent's
2008 26,867 4,973 Adam Ford (R) [7]
2010 13,379 2,711 Bruce Rogers (R)[8]
Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew S. Collier
Mayor of Flint
Succeeded by
Darnell Earley, temporary (City Administrator)


  1. ^ "DISTRICT 2". Genesee County Website. Flint, Michigan: Genesee County. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  2. ^ Raymer, Marjory (2007-08-09). "Two white candidates make history". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  3. ^ a b Fonger, Ron (2008-12-16). "Woodrow Stanley, headed for state House, thanks county commission for giving his political career new life". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). 
  4. ^ Fonger, Ron (2008-01-03). "Woodrow Stanley heads county board". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  5. ^ Genesee County Election Commission (2008-11-17). "SUMMARY REPORT GENERAL ELECTION OFFICIAL RESULTS" (PDF). Genesee County. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  6. ^ Raymer, Marjory (2007-08-09). "Two white candidates make history". The Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "November 2008 general election results for contested races in Flint Journal coverage area". The Flint Journal. November 5, 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Raymer, Marjory (November 3, 2010). "Genesee County election results at a glance". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 14 April 2011.