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Nationally , polls show that voters want a change - period. There's very little analysis of what the problems are and who is proposing which solutions. This simplisticattrtudeof't)ootthencumbents"gives Republicans the advantage, since Democrats currently hokd majorities in both houses of Congress. The outcome of these elections could resutt in Republicans gaining control of both the Senate and House of Representatives. If this move to the Republicans occurs, it will actually be a move to the right wing of the Republican Party. As we'll explain as we disouss specific races, the current assemblage of Republican candidates are, and the current Republican Party platform is, overall, very conservative. Nationally we're seeing uKra-right wing Republicans ranging from CHlie North to Mitt Romney (the multi-millionaire corporate raiderfacing Ted Kennedy in Massac husetts) to M ie hael Huffington against Diane Feinstein in California (buy a Senate seat for the extreme right wing). On the state level there are certain dangers accompanying a consolidation of power by the Republicans (Republicans currently control the state senate and the state house is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats). First, there is the possibility that they will move to amend the const it ution to al low taxpayer dollars to be spent on private, religious schools. They could also pass a second const it ut ional amendment outlawing strikes by all public employees, thereby guaranteeing the legality of punishing striking public school teachers. Most of the Republican candidates in races we'll be discussing follow Governor Engler's agenda. The main points of this agenda include: a continuing erosión of support for social programs (including public schools); conservative social values (.e. opposition to gay rights and abortion rights); and loosening of govemment restrictions on "free enterprise" (i.e. the dismantling of environmental regulations). There are, however, on the local level, some moderate Republican candidates buckhgtheEnglertrend. There are also candidates running in many elections from three minor parties - Libertarian, Natural Law, and Workers World. The platforms of all candidates within any one of these parties are nearly idéntica!. The Libertarians advocate personal freedoms such as abortion rights, the legalization of marijuana, and no gun control; and favor a smaller government - meaninglower taxes and a privatization of virtually all public services. The Natural Law Party is a new age assemblage advocating a personal approach to solving political problems, using methods such as massage and stress reduction. The Workers World Party is a socialist organization in favor of hefty taxes for the rich and none for the poor, and free basic social services (the Workers League Party candidaterunningforCongress ateo shares this general platform). Whereas AGENDA sees merit in certain aspects of each of these platforms, we are not particularty impressed with any of their candidates nor do we endorse any of their agendas overall. Thus, AGENDA has not endorsed any third party candidates. You'llfind that AGENDA has endorsed Democratie candidates across the board (except in nonpartisan elections). There are many excellent Democratie candidates running, however, in some cases we see it as a choice between the tesser of two evils. Overall, our concern in this electionistostem the tkde of cynicism, confusión and hopelessness which threatens to sweep increasi ngly conservative Republicans int o office. GOVERNOR AGENDA endorses Democratie challenger Howard Wolpe for Govemor. In this election voters have a chance to bring Michigan out of a truly back ward period in our history. WeVe had four years of right-wing Republicanism under Govemor John Engler. He has been using Michigan as a proving ground policies like welfare reform (in the name of which he has removed 82,000 people from General Assist anee), thatthe Republican right would like to see nationwide. Challenger Howafd Wolpe, a seven-term congressman f rom Lansing and Kalamazoo, is a dear, progressive voice with a long history of standing up for civil rights and civil liberties. Throughout the '80s he was an arrti-apartheid activist on Capítol Hill. His efforts were key in bringing about sanctions against South África He has ateo taken on major corporations, such as Consumers Power with its plan to build ahighvoltage transmission line through a residential area One of the biggest reasons to vote for Wolpe over Engler is education. Engler has been a consistent foe of public education, beginning with the dismantling of its funding structure (property taxes) without establishing adequate attemative sources. He has also lent his support to the charter schools law, which authorizes state funding for charter schools outside of the public school system, and spearheaded an effort to undermine the rights of teachers' unions. An even greater danger looms in the future - Engler appears receptive to challenges to the state constitution provisión banning state funding for religious schools. This would be a direct blow to the separation of church and state. Wolpe's stands on education are directty opposite Engler's. He has vowed to repeal the law penalizing teachers who go on strike, is critica! of Engler's erosión of public school funding and is an ardent opponent of the use of public funds for private schools. He also sayshe would try to repeal the state's charter school law. People with disabilities have also experienced the cruelty of Engler's intentions. When Engler first came into office, hetried to elimínate the Department of Social Service's ability to buy durable medical equipment for disabled people. He attempted to limit expend'rtures to items necessary to sustain Irfe, like oxygen. He proposed to elimínate items like crutches and wheelchairs, leaving people with disabilities to srt home in bed. Wolpe has won f riends in the disability community with his support of a National Personal Assistance program, wNch would be available on a sliding scale cost basis and provide an attemative to nursing homes. SECRETARY OF STATE AGENDA endorses ncumberrt Democrat Richard Austin for Secretary of State. Austin has served in this capacity for the last 24 years. Michigan voters should ignore the ageist remarks being hurled at the octogenarian official and vote Nm back nto the position he deserves. Republican Candice Miller has served as Macomb County Treasurer since 1 992. The antichoicecandidateisrunningashamelessly negative campaign against Austin. Her own platform highlights campaign finance reform. ATTORNEY GENERAL AGENDA endorses ncumbent Democrat Frank Kdley for Attomey General. Kelley has been Attomey General for the last 33 years. Among other courageous stands, he has taken on Palteades Nuclear Power Plant and sued to prevent their dangerous long-term storage of nuclear waste on their premises. Republican John Smietanka has served as a county prosee utor and western MicNgan's U.S. attomey. He was appointed to the latter position by President Reagan in 1981. UNITED STATES SENATOR AGENDA endorses Democratie candkJate Bob Carr for Senate. The U.S. Senate next term wil I probably becontrolledbyaone-or two-vote majority of either party. Michigan is considered vital turf in this tug of war. With a Republican majority, Bob Dole would become Senate majority leader, enabling him to control the whole agenda of what legislation moves f orward in the Senate. If this happens, the recent debacle on health care would be just the tip of the iceberg. Carr has been a member of Congress since 1974, with the exception of one term. He is a fiscal conservative who favors a balancee) budget amendment and has a mixed record on Ns support of labor (he opposed NAFTA but supports GATT). "The left wing tends to want government to take over and do things," Carr was quoted in The Detroit News as saying. "The right wing doesn't want govemment to do anything at all. I think there's a pragmatic third way." Carr advocates for a labor partnership, a position that's not totally pro-business but may serve to weaken unions. He supports tax incentives for employers that pay for their employees' hearth insurance. Carr also voted for a bilí that would ban compartes from permanently replacing striking workers. His opponent, Spencer Abraham, isamaverick conservative Republican. He served as chair of state GOPfrom 1983-91 andasco-chairofthe National Republican Congressional Committee from 1992-93. He worked for one-and-a-half years as an aide to Dan Quayle. Abraham' s views are particutariy Machiavellian when it comes to social issues. For instance, on crime, Abraham asserts "three strikes and you're out" crime legislationistoo soft "Whatwe need more than anything in this country is swrft and sure punishment the first time somebody commits a violent crime," he told The Detroit News.Healsoopposesabortionandguncontrol and supports the death penalty. WhereasAGENDAdoesn 't stand wholeneartedly behind Bob Carr, we feel he is greatly preferable to Spencer Abraham. Also running are Libertarían Jon Coon, Workers World Party candidate William Roundtree, and Natural Law Party candidate Chris Wege. U.S. CONGRESS, 13TH DISTRICT AGENDA endorses Democrat Lynn Rivers for Congress. Candidates Rivers and Republican John Sc hall are diametrically opposed in just about every aspect of public policy and personal style. Rivers is a tireless progressive voice and has long record of community service. Her opponent is a very conservative Washington insider who has lived outside of this district for most of the last decade, during which time he missed voling in 20 elections, including the '92 presidential election. Rivers and Schall are vying for the seat held by William Ford, who's retiring after three decades on Capítol Hill. This district (which was redrawn in 1990) includes Ann Arbor, eastem Washtenaw County (including Ypsilanti) and western Wayne County (including Plymouth and part of LJvonia). Rivers is a first-term member of the State House of Representatives. Prior to that she served for nine years on the Ann Arbor Board of Education, and was president of the board for the last four. She went through law school while raising a child and serving on the school board. Rivers supports a single-payer health care system, pointing out that there are 37 million people uninsured nationally. On crime, she has voted repeatedty against the demogogic answers, like automatic expulsión of students caught with weapons in school - with no education altematives for those expelled. This is Schall's first run for elected office. He is a self-employed labor consultant. His work history includes serving as a domestic policy advisortoGeorgeBush and as chief of staffin the U.S. Dept of Labor during the latter part of Bush's presidency. Also running are Libertarían Craig Seymour, Workers League Party candidate Helen Haryard, and Natural Law Party candidate Gail Anne Petrosoff. STATE SENATOR, 18TH DISTRICT AGENDA endorses Democrat Alma Wheeler Smith for State Senate. In her current capacity as County Commissioner, Smith has demonstrated her abilrty to work cooperatively and get things done. Smith is a thoughtf ui, caring community member with a good grasp of the issues. As 0 GOVERNOR- Howard Wolpe (D) 0 8ECRETARY OF STATE- Richard Austin (D) 0 ATTORNEY GENERAL- Frank Kelley (D) 0 UNITED STATES SENATOR- Bob Carr (D) [7] U.S. CONGRESS, 13TH DISTRICT- Lynn Rryers (D) 0 STATE SENATOR, 18TH DISTRICT- I Alma Wheeler Smith (D) [7ÍREPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE, 52ND DISTRICT- Mary Schroer P 0REPRESENTAT1VE IN STATE LEGISLATURE, 53RD DISTRICT- Liz Brater (D) F] STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF GOVERNORS- No endorsements in these races 0 U-M BOARD OF REGENTS- James Waters (D), Paul Brown (D) D COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 1 No endorsement this race 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 2 Jan BenDor (D) □ COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 3 No endorsement this race 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 4 Carlos Acevedo (D) 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER -DISTRICT 5 Barbara Levin Bergman (D) □ COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 6 No endorsement this race 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 7 Judith Carol Walter (D) r] COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 8 No endorsement this race 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 9 Grace Shackman (D) 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 10 I P. Christina Montague (D) I 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 1 1 Dave Monforton (D) G COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 12 No endorsement this race 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 13 Ronnie Peterson (D) 0 COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 14 Suzanne Shaw (D) □ COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 15 No endorsement this race 0ANNARBOR MAYOR David Stead (D) 0 ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 1 Tobi Hanna-Davies (D) □ ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 2 No endorsement in this race 0 ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 3 Jean Carlberg (D) 0 ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 4 Stephen Hartwell (0) 0 ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 5 Elisabeth Daley (D) I NON-PARTISAN I 0 JUSTICE OF THE MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT Donald Shelton and Conrad Mallett, Jr. □ JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, DIST. 3 No endorsement in this race 0 JUDGE OF THE CIRCUiT COURT, 22ND CIRCUIT Lore Ann Rogers □ JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT, DIST. A No endorsement in this race [7 YES ON THE COUNTY PARKS MILLAGE " PROPOS AL 0YES ON THE CfTY PARKS MILLAGE PROPOSAL fNÖI NO ON STATE PROPOSAL A fNÖ NO ON 8TATE PROPOSAL B [NÖ1 NO ON STATE PROPOSAL C LFyÜI YES ON STATE PROPOSAL P - I state senator, she would look out for the interests of youth, women, workers, and the environment. She's theonlycandidate,locally,thatpeoplewrthdisabilities care enough about to work hard for. Smith is the daughter of late former Ann Arbor Mayor Al Wheeler and civil rights activist Emma Wheeler. She has worked for the last eight years as legislative ccordinatorforState Senator Lana Pollack. She has also served on the school board in South Lyon for eight years, including three as president of the board. Smith and Ypsilarrti businessman Joe Mikulec are vying for the seat bei ng vacated by Lana Pollack. The district ncludes all of Washtenaw County except for York and Augusta Townships. Republican candidate Mikulec is making his first run forpublic office. He describes himself as afollower of Governor Engler and "a real conservative." Smith and Mikulec differ on their opinions of the new state law requiring automatic expulsión for any student with a weapon. Smith, like Rivers, rejects it because it offers no altemative for these kids. "There is no requirement that the school district place them under the care of the Probate Court or social services or mental health programs," Smith told The Ann Arbor News. "They are just out." STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIES, 52ND DISTRICT AGENDA endorses incumbent Democrat Mary Schroer for State House of Representatives in the 52nd District. Schroer deserves recognition for the courageous and principled stands she has taken during her first term in the state legislatura She has avoided the trap of voting for simple solutions to complex problems and stands up on the House floor to defend her positions. She has shown a real commitment to education, women's rights, the environment, and addressing the root causes of crime. Schroer worked as an administrative assistant to State Senator Lana Pollack for nine years prior to her election to the State House in 1992. She currently serves as Vice Chair of House Committee on Public Health and Vice Chair of House Committee on Public Retirement. She is also a member of House Committees on Insurance, Corrections, and Human Services and Children. In the legislature, Schroer opposed Engler's "educational reform" measures, starting with school finance reform. "I voted against S.B. 1 because it was passed in haste with little understanding of the complexrties of school finance reform," claims Schroer in hercampaign literature. "The end result will be little tax relief for many of my constituents and, rather than bringing poor school districts up to par with wealthier districts, it will result in a severe underfunding of education in future years." Schroer is bei rxj challenged by Republican Martin Straub in the district encompassing northern Ann Arbor, most of Ann Arbor Township, and the townships of Dexter, Lima, Lyndon, Northfield, Scio, Sylvan and Webster. Straub has served asacountycommissionerfrom Chelsea for past the past twelve years (he was twice elected chair) and as a Dexter Township trustee from 1980-82. He currently works as vice president of Transportation Systems in Ann Arbor. Also running is Libertarían James Hudler. STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 53RD DISTRICT AGENDAendorses Democrat Liz Brater for State House of Represerrtatives in the 53rd District. Few people understand the issues affecting our district better than former City Councilmember and former Mayor of Ann Arbor, Liz Brater. Brater would be a strong voicecourrtering the Engleragenda, and would makeafine successorto Lynn Rivers, who is vacating this seat in her bid for Congress. Brater is opposed by Republican Renee Bimbaum in the district which encompasses downtown and southem Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township. One of the biggest strikes against Birnbaum is that she is a newcomerto the área. As someone who has only lived in Arm Arbor for three years, she carmot possibly understand the community's needs well enough to represent it in the legislature. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, U-M BOARD OF REGENTS, MSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF GOVERNORS These races stretch the meaning of "electoral democracy," for the reality is that voters have virtually no choice. There is no primary for candidates forthese offices. They are nominated at party conventions, usually on a polrtical patronage basis. Many of these candidates barely campaign 'or don't bother at all. What it usually boils do wn to is that if they make it into office, it will be on the coattails of their party's major candidates. Therefore, AGENDA has chosen not to make endorsements in these races, with the exception of U-M Regents. Just keep in mind that Republican nominees are sure to be Englerites and the Libertarian candidates have as their agenda to privatize all public education. Cast your votes (or choose not to cast your votes) accordingly! U-M BOARD OF REGENTS AGENDAendorsesincumbent Democrats James Waters and Paul Brown for U-M Regents. Both of these cand dates have taken some progressive stands on the board, for nstance supporting the rights of gay men and lesbians. Waters claims that n Ns next term as Regent he wants to concéntrate on affirmative action, muriicutturalism, and the advancement of women in the University. However, the more compelling reason to vote for them s to prevent their opposition from taking their seats in the next eight-year terra Moderate Republican Regent Verónica Smith seems to have fallen out of grace wit h the Engler camp, and subsequentty was not nominal ed for another term. Instead, the Republicans nominees this year are products of the religious right, and if elected may provide good company for maverick conservative Deane Baker. Dan Homing is an insurance agent from Grand Haven and Andrea Rscher is a Birmingham attomey. Both have embraced the teaching of creationism in public institutions (wNch they view as a counterbalance to the theory of evolution). Both also believe that teacher tenure should be eliminated. Also running are Libertarians Emily Salvette and Gary Bradley, Natural Law Party candidate William Quarton,&WorkersWor1d Party candidate Kevin Carey. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS The Board of County Commissioners is one of the most comprehensive yet least understood branches of govemment. The Washtenaw County Board oversees a budget of $1 30 million dollars. They are mandated by law to fund numerous county services, which together account for most of the budget. About half of the county's funding comes from local revenues and the rest comes from the state. Some of the services funded by the county govemmerrt includethe Circuit Court, District Court 14A (the only district in the county not covered by a municipal govemment), and the Departments of Sheriff, Treasurer, and Public Health. The county also providessomefundingtothe DrainCommissioner, Friend of the Court, and Public Works Department. Through the Human Services Department, the County Commissioners are able to maintain a variety of programs that are neither federally run nor mandated by the state. These include programs such as food distribution, fuel and housing assistance, Head Start, summer lunches for children, homeweatherization, and job training. State and federal govemmerrts help fund these programs at a ratio of about five to ten dollars for every dollar spent by the county. The politics of the county board are tricky. Party designation is not always as significant as it is in other areas of the electoral arena Currently there are eleven Democrats and four Republicans on the Commission, yet the informal majority leadership bloc includes four Democrats and four Republicans. Personality seems to play a greater role than ideology in determining coalitions. Agreat number of votes are over cut-and-dry budgetary issues, where there is little room for argument. Consequently , many votes are unanimous or decided by a 14-1 majority. Thus it should be no surprise that many of the candidates,regardlessof party affiliation, echo one another's platforms. [An aside - most of the Republicans are campaigning on cleaning up the Treasurers Office fiasco, a situation they blame on the Democrats. Whereas it certainly salarming that the booksarea mess and it's difficurt to determine which funds are in which accounts, it's a non-issue in that the county commissioners have no supervisory role over the treasurer - she's an elected official. And there are certainly no partisan roots to the problem. The entire Board of Commissioners has been trying to help straight en the matter out for months.] All county commission seats are up for election every two years, yet tNs time around there are races in only 1 2 of the 1 5 districts. AGENDA here provides information on the candidates in all 1 2 races, yet only makes endorsements in nine. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 1 AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race where the Republican incumbent Joseph Yekulis, Jr. is running unopposed. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 2 AGENDA endorses Democrat Jan BenDor for District Two County Commissioner. BenDor has a long history of activism in Washtenaw County. She's held leadership positions with the clerical unión at EMU, Washtenaw County NOW, the Superior Land Conservancy, SAFE House, and many other organizations. In all of these capadties, as well as in her elected Superior Township positions, BenDor gives her best effort. She consistently upholds her responsibilities and shows enthusiasm, creativrty, and good humor. BenDor's opponent in the race tofill the seat being vacated by Alma Wheeler Smith, is Republican Larry ELECTIONS (FROM PREVIOUS PAGE) Yapp, a former Domino's executive. Yapp stresses his support for law enforcement, local businesses, and family values. District Two includes Northfield, Salem, and Superior Townships. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 3 AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race where the Republican incumbent Richard DeLong is running unopposed. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 4 AGENDA endorses incumbent Democrat Carlos Acevedo for District Four County Commissioner. Although there are many reasons to support him, Acevedo deserves to be re-elected for his devotion to the job alone. He may well be the hardest working commissioner on the board. He leams the issues thoroughly and takes the initiative to fight for what he feels is important. Acevedo places a high value on the human services the county provides. He champions projects such as Head Start, which benefit the county 's neediest residents. Republican challenger Robert Carris a retired Ann Arbor public school teacher who is campaigning on the aforementioned Treasurer's Office issue. District Four includes the western and southwestem part of Ann Arbor. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 5 AGENDA endorses incumbent Democrat Barbara Levin Bergman for Disirict Five County Commissioner. Bergman, who holds a Master of Social Workdegree, bringstheperspectiveof asocial worker to the board. She is in favor of the courrty's human services programs, particulariy the community mental health programs. She is also a proponent of programs for at-risk families with young children. Bergman's challenger, Republican Stephen Miller, is running on a platform of opposing political yard signs and - you guessed it - the treasury fiasco. District Five includes the eastem part of Ann Arbor. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 6 AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race which pits incumbent Republican Raymond Schultz against Democrat James Cregar. Both candidates are opposed to the proposed EQ (formeriy Envotech) hazardous waste complex in Arkona Township. Schultz, asacounty commissioner, has votedwiththe majority on most issues. He joined with other Republicans,nowever,inhisvoteagainstfundingforPlanned Parenthood. Cregar was chair of the Board of Commissioners in the early '70s. He is a retired U-M political science professor. Cregar would like to return t he board to the days when it was divided into nine districts - unlike the current setup of 1 5 districts. District Six includes Milan, part of York Township, and the townships of Ypsilanti and Augusta. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 7 AG EN DAendorses Democratie incumbent Judith Carol Walter for District Seven County Commissioner. Although Walter annoys some by being a real stickler for process, she lends her support to vital human services programs. One issue she worked hard on was to achieve pay equity among county officials (in an attempt to put an end to subjective salary fluctuations whenever a new official comes on board). Walter is campaigning hard against the Augusta Township hazardous waste dump. One of the best reasons to support Walter, however, is to prevent her opponent from winning. Republican challenger Mariene Chockley is a product of the religious right. She has been known to say that officials need to follow the "laws of God." Chockley 's running on accountability issues, starting with the Republicans' favorite - the Treasurer's Office. District Seven includes Prttsfield Township and part of York Township. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 8 AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race where the Republican incumbent Michael DuRussel is running unopposed. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 9 AGENDAendorses Democratie incumbent Grace Shackman for District Nine County Commissioner. Shackman is a three-term commissioner who has been active in the county 's efforts to explore altemativesto incarceration and isamemberof the HIVAIDS task force. She advocates a governmentnon-profit organizations partnership as a way to stretch resources in human services. Schackman's opponent is Republican Olga Ortiz, a homemaker and EMU student who has never held elected office. Ortiz is campaigning on improving cooperation among commissioners. District Nine includes northwest Ann Arbor. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 10 AGENDA endorses Democratie incumbent P. Christina Montague for District Ten County Commissioner. Montague, who works as a family service coördinator for the Ann Arbor Public Schools, is a strong proponent of Head Start. Her biggest concern as a county commissioner is that the programming funded by the body meet the needs of minority and low-income people. She works well with county staff and is an effective advocate for community organizations in her district. Opposing Montague is Republican homemaker Sandra Kirk, who only moved to Ann Arbor two years ago. This is Kirk's first bid for public office. She's running on a platform of accountability within all branches of county govemment. District Ten includes the north side of Ann Arbor and part of Ann Arbor Township. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 1 1 AGENDA endorses Democratie incumbent Dave Monforton for District Eleven County Commissioner. Monforton, a lawyer and legislative aide to State Representative Lynn Rivers, has a thorough understanding of the functions of county governmertt and is very effective in nis role as commissioner. He is prochoice, works to protect the environment, and supports low-income housing initiatives (such as projects by Avalon Housing). Monforton is particularly skilled at determining how to get the most bang for every buck the county spends on human service programs, through matching grants provided by state and federal govemments. Monforton's opponent is U-M undergraduate student Michael Christie. Christie is a Republican who seems reluctant to admit it - at least as f ar as his campaign literature around U-M campus is concerned. One of Christie's campaign issues is to improve roads in the campus area. Perhaps he doesn't realize that the county govemment is not responsible for roads in Ann Arbor. District Eleven includes downtown Ann Arbor and the U-M central campus area. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 12 AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race which pits seven-term ncumbent Meri Lou Murray against Republican Richard Hoogesteger. Murray is a controversia! figure on the commission. As chair of the Way s and Means Commrttee, she runs the county commissioner meetings where issues involving f unding are discussed. This is a position of great power - it enables her to control both the flow of information and the length of debates. Unfortunately, she doesnt use this position to facilítate openness on the county board or with the public. Murray can be credit ed with the reorganizaron of the county's human services programs, following a streamlinedor"one-stopshopping"model. This move both saves the county money and saves consumers time. Murray is a hardworking commissioner who gets things done. Unfortunately, she also creates needless conflict. Hoogesteger is an attomey who, in addition to complaining about the Treasurer's Office mess, advocates trimming the county budget - starting with commissioners' salaries. He also wants to protect the environment, but in such a way as to not place too many restrictions on developers. District Twelve includes the south-central and southeastern Ann Arbor. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 13 AGENDA endorses Democratie incumbent Ronnie Peterson for District Thirteen County Commissioner. Probably the best reason to support Peterson is that he works tirelessly on behalf of his district. His pet issues - job retraining, drug eradication, and the Harriet Street Commerce Center - all speak to what his constKuents value most. The lifelong Ypsilanti resident and HuronValley Central Labor Council official is also pushing for mprovements in the juvenile court system. The Republican challenger is Steven Hyder, an EMU student. Hyder argües in favor of a comprehensive crime prevention package and a reduction in pay for commissioners. District Thirteen includes central and southem Ypsilanti. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 14 AGENDA endorses Democratie incumbent Suzanne Shaw for District Fourteen County Commissioner. Shaw was recently appointed to the county board, filling the vacancy created by former chair Mary Egnor's resignation. Shaw is a longtime activist with the county Democratie Party and a member of the Ypsilanti Charter Commission. She advocates openness and communication on the Board of County Commissioners, the restoration of the Huron River and Ford Lake, and county-wide recycling. She has not been on the commission long enough to rate her performance, yet we believe she deserves a f uil term to prove herself. Republican challenger Russ Valvo, a corporate strategie business planner, takes standard Republican positions including downsizing govemment, ering taxes, being "tough on crime," and demandng accountability n the good ol' Treasurer's Office. District Fourteen ncludes parts of both the city of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township. COUNTY COMMISSIONER- DISTRICT 15 AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race between Democratie incumbent Dillard Roy Craiger and Republican challenger Paul Scholand. Craiger is good-hearted and truly cares about his constituents. He's well-known in his district and has personally lent a hand to many therein. His effectiveness on a personal lev el, howe ver. is offset by Ns nerf eet veness on a political level. Dillard lacks nitiative in creating policy on the commission and does not demónstrate a clear understanding of the procesa Scholand, a civil engineer, is campaigning on fiscal accountability and improved efficiency of services. District Fifleen includes most of Ypsilanti Township. ANN ARBOR MAYOR AGENDA endorses Democratie challenger David Stead for Mayor of Arm Arbor. Stead has demonstrated outstanding leadership, consensus-building and problem-sohing skills during his first term on City Coundl. His understanding of budgetary issues enabled him to negotiate an agreement with the City Pension Board that saved An n Arbor taxpayers nearly one million dollars. He also led efforts to amend the city administrator's proposed budget, to restore funding to social services (including drug treatment for youth) slated to be cut. Prior to his stint on Coundl, Stead has worked as Director of the Center for Environmental Policy, Economics and Science; Executive Director of the Michigan Environmental Council; and Chair of the Recycle Ann Arbor Board of Direct ors. Stead is running against incumbent Republican Mayor Ingrid Sheldon in the first November mayoral election in the city's history. Sheldon was a city councilmember from 1 988-92 and was elected mayor in April 1993. There's no question that she has been very involved in the community - with the Huron High PTSO, SOS Community Crisis Center, and as an Ecology Center block coördinator (the list goes on). She is a former teacher in Ann Arbor and üvonia public schools. Sheldon has excelled at the ceremonial aspect s of being mayor. She's probably made a record number of proclamations and appearances at community groups' events. Unfortunately, the mayor's job requires much more than that. In terms of leadership, Sheldon's performance has been less than adequate. She's sat on the sidelines for many issues, and on others she has been in opposition until the vote - at which time popular sentiment convinced her to switch sides. Sheldon has not set the agenda as mayor - she tends to leave that to the city administrator. Stead claims that as mayor he will work toward reaching a swimmable water qualrty for the Huron River. This would be a tremendous gain for all Ann Arborites and a tremendous acNevement for any mayor. ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 1 AGENDA endorses incumbent Democrat Tobi Davies for First Ward City Council representative. There'snevermuch of araceinthetraditionallyDemocratic first ward. This is so much the case that this time around the Republicans couldni even muster up a sacrificial candidate. Hanna-Davies is, however.beingchallengedby Independent AndrewWright. Challenger or none, we would still wrrte this endorsement for the outstanding candidate, Tobi HannaDavies. Hanna-Davies' work in the community long predates her city council career. She has been a tireless activist for a range of peace and human needs issues. On Council, Hanna-Davies was one of the leaders of the effort to stop Fuller Road from going through a growt h of ancient oaks and f rom being widened to five lanes along the river. She also led the effort to turn the Arm Arbor Inn into permanent affordable housing, and has pressed for meaningful c il izen involvement in the search for a new pólice chief . Andrew Wright is a U-M student and serves as the Michigan Student Assembly's representative to City Council. He has not demonstrated the expertise or experience to qualify him for a seat on city council. ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 2 AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race which pits incumbent Republican Jane Lumm against Libertarían Douglas Friedman. ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 3 AGENDA endorses Democrat Jean Carlberg for Third Ward City Council Representative. Carlberg is very knowtedgable and articúlate and has a tong history of civil rights activism in our community. She was a publ ie school teacher for 30years, and has been an Ecotogy Center volunteer coodinator, President of the Hurón Education Association, andan organizer of the Neig hborhood Watch Program. She is running on a platform of improved city services, safe neighborhoods, environmental protection, and human services. On the other side is Republican Lee Pace, a onetime Democrat was also the Republican candidat e in the last city council election. Pace likens himself to a Horatio Alger and implies that everyone should be abte to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. He is Vice Presidenf of the Southeast Ann Arbor Neighborhood Assocation, which fought the siting of more public housing in their area. LJbertarian Richard DeVarti is also running. DeVarti is well-informed on the issues and fakes principled stands, yet also embraces traditional LJbertarian stances, such as opposition to gun control and privatization of public services. ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 4 AGENDA endorses Democrat Stephen Hartwell for Fourth WardCity Council Representative. Hartwell demonstrated his leadership abilities and oommitment to the community as Vice President of the Ann Arbor School Board. He advocates neighborhood safety, affordable housing, and a clean environment. Hartwell works as Executive Director of the Michigan Future Problem Solving Program. This race pits Hartwell, a progressive Democrat, against Katie Renken, a conservative Republican. Renken is anti-choice and opposes Ann Arbor's Domestic Partnership Ordinance. Renken's husband, Duane Renken, is a former City Councilmember and one of Ann Arbor's wealthiest landlords. ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL- WARD 5 AGENDA endorses Democrat Elisabeth Daley for Rfth Ward City Council Representative. Daley has strong commitment to social justice and human services issues. She works as Employment Coördinator for Trailblazers, a rehabilitaron program for emotionally impaired adults. Daley is the past president of the Washtenaw Alliance for the Merrtally III and was active in the Safehouse funding campaign. She currently serves on the city's Community Development Block Grant Executive Committee. Daley works very hard and will bevery thorough in herduties ascity councilmember. Republican Peg Eisenstodt was administrative assistant to former mayor Jerry Jemigan. She is campaigning on the vague platform of "stopping council bickering" and improving basic city services. She lags far behind her opponent in communication skills and the commitment to the community. JUDICIAL RACES (NON-PARTISAN) MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AGENDA endorses Donald Shelton and Conrad Mallett, Jr. in this race where you can vote fortwoout of four candidates. See Rose and Weber Object! on next page. COURTOF APPEALS JUDGE- 3RD DISTRICT AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race. See Rose and Weber Object! on next page. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE-22ND CIRCUIT AGENDA endorses Lore Ann Rogers in the nonpartisan race for judge in the 22nd Circuit Court. Rogers s extremely smart, efficiënt, and even-handed. In her capacity as Co-chair of the Washtenaw County Race, Gender and Ethnic Bias Awareness Committee, she devotes countless hours to identifying and eliminating bias in the judicial system. Rogers, who has handled civil cases for most of her eleven-year legal career, was the top vote-getter in this summer's three-way primary. Throughout her legal career, Rogers has acted as counsel in numerous cases defending civil liberties and women's rights. As a coope rating attomey forthe ACLU, she successfully challenged Ypsilanti's prostitution loitering law. Rogers has acted as counsel for Planned Parertthood, argued a case on behalf of the Hash Bash, and has handled severa! sexual harassment cases. Rogers is running against District Court Judge Karl Fink for the spot being vacated by Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge William Ager Jr. The Circuit Court handles all civil cases above $1 0,000 and felonies in Washtenaw County. Lawyers' polls point to both Fink and Rogers as excellent candidates. Fink claims to have no politica! agenda, however he was the only judicial candidate in the primary tobe endorsed by Right to Life. Much of his support comes from the Republican Party- they distribute his campaign literature from their headquarters. Rogers has taken a controversia! stand in favor of some of the teachings of anti-pomography crusader and U-M law professor Catherine MacKinnon. On questioning, however, Rogers claims she is not in favor of censorship. Shetokd AGENDA that pornography should not be Ilegal except in those cases where someone is physically hurt or killed in the process of ELECTIONS (FROM PREVIOUS PAGE) making the material (such as snuff films orfilmsinvorving the sexual abuse ofchildren).She does not fee) thathate speech, in and of itself, shouW be iNegal. However, if it is an aggravating circumstance in a physical crime, this shouW be taken into account A fina) reason to vote for Rogers is that if Fink wins in November, his district court seat will be opened up to an Engier (assuming he wins re-election) appointee. And we could do a lot worse than Fink on District Court DISTRICT COURT JUDGE- DISTRICT A AGENDA makes no endorsement in this race. See Rose and Weber Object! on page 8. COUNTY MILLAGE PROPOSAL Propositan to renew the increase in the tax limit at ion for parks and recreation purposes including acquisithn, devetopment. and maintenance of partdands and operathn ofrecr&ation facilities for the benefit of Washtenaw County cHizens. AGENDA endorses a vote for YES on the County Parks Millage Proposa). The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is asking votersto renew a millage of .25 milis for ten years to maintain county parks. A .25 mili tax means that the owner of a $120,000 home woutd pay about $15 per year. This rnoneyrepresentsabout 60% of the parks budget The rest comes frorn user fees and state and federal grants. ThetenfaeOrü' -i the Washtenaw County Parks Hecreation system feature lakes, nature trate, a fitness center, and a water park. Some parks are free and others charge a small entrancefee. Many of thetowrrships in the county have no park system of their own - they rely on the county govemment fbr this service. This will only remain possfoteif this millagerenewal passes. # CITY MILLAGE PROPOSAL Arm Arbor City Charter amendment authorizinga renewalofa taxforparks. AGEN DA endorses a vote f or YES on the City Parks Millage Proposal. This funding proposal for renovation andimprovementofparkfacilitiesasks voters to renew the parks tax at .4725 milis for six years. This would cost the ownerofa$131,000homeabout$31 a year. Seventy-five percent of the funds would be used for parks rehabilitation and 25 percent would beused for new developmerrt. Some of the plans the Parks and Recreation Department has announced are to renovate Fuller and Buhr Park pools and to improve bicycle paths and neighborhood parks. STATE PROPOSAL A A Proposal to convene a constitutional oonvention for the purpose ofdrafting a general revisión ofthe state constitution. AGENDA endorses a vote for NO on Proposal A. Inthecreationof anew constitution, progresshes have the most to lose. Depending on the mood of the electorate (wNch is pretty conservative these days) and those drafting the document, it's possible that it could resurt in tighter restrictions on abortion, public funding fbr private schools, greaterprivatization of arange of public services, and the imposition of the death penalty. In additjon, the process of writing a new constitution carnes a $20-25 million price tag. The last state constitution was rati - fied in 1963. That document requires that voters make the choice, eveiy 1 6 years, whether or not to créate a new constitution. This proposal carne up for a vote and was rejected in 1978. If this proposal is approved, the process calis for two more statewide electiorts - onetoetectdelegatesand another to ratify t he new constitution. If the latter were to fail, the current constit ution would stand (at least until this proposai comes up again n 201 0.) The state const rtut on is f ar f rom perfect but the process of amending it is far preferable to scrapping it and starting over. STATE PROPOS AL B A proposai to limit criminal appeals. AGENDA endorses a vote for NO on Proposai B. See Rose and Weber Object! STATE PROPOSAL C A proposai to amend Michigan 's auto insurance laws. AGENDA endorses a vote for NO on Proposai C. See Rose and Weber Object! STATE PROPOSAL P A proposai to establish a Michigan stateparksendowmentfund, henease the maximum allowable amount of AjndsintheMicNgannaturalresources trust fünd and elimínate the diversion ofdedkated revenue from the Michigan Natural Resources Tnist Fund. AGEN DA endorses a vote for YES on Proposai P. Michkjan's parks are in desperate need of an infusión of funds. State f unding allocat ons to the parks have greatly decreased since the '70s. As a resutt, user fees have increased and the condition of the parks has deteriorated (some have even been forced to close). Proposai P does not impose a new tax Rather, the monies for this fund would come from revenues collected by the state for the drill ing of oil and gas or mining of minerals on state-owned land. Further, the proposai would outlaw politie ians' current practice of raiding the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for other projects. We all use Michigan's parks. Proposai P represents an easy way to invest in the future of these invaluable communrty resources.


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