MONEY:IT'S HELPPUL . . . 'issues, ftïrs. Barhydt said if the name isn't known, the candidate won't be elected. Patricia Pooley, the top vote getter who received 7,352 votes, said: "It may be a pity but its a fact that a skilied and dedicated campaign staff is essentiol to success in any election m a community which has grown as large as ours." She said hopefully in a sophisticated community such as Ann Arbor a candidate would win by the approach he or she takes to the issues and where one stands on the issues. Henry Alting, who received 2,478 votes, said to win, a candidate has to address and discuss the issues honestly. He added the candidate has to appeal to the whole school district, including the areas such as Dixboro that are usually forgotten. . When asked what is required to win, Dr. Charles Votaw, who garnered 3,514 votes, said: "I haven't the slightest idea. I've failed twice." Votaw, who said he spent about $1,000 of his own funds and $200 to $300 from I other sources when he ran two years ; ago, was testing a hypothesis this year. The hypothesis was that the public elects candidates on the wrong criteria and getting one's name before the public through advertising is the way to get elected, Votaw said. He said this year he didn't spend a cent on the campaign and ran no advertisements. "I deliberately sat apart, not asking for endorsements, only using the public media ... And I failed. I'm not sure if I made a good test of my presumption or not," Votaw said. Votaw said for a non-partisan election, the campaigning is highly partisan. It won't ever be admitted, Votaw said, but candidates who are supported by three political' parties do not have to underwrite the costs of their campaigns. He said the money is supplied by high power campaign solicitations. The Human Rights Party gives its endorsement outright, but the Democrats and Republicans do not, he said. Diana Autin, who ran on the Human Rights Party platform, said winning the election depends on money and ads in .the newspaper. It also depends on how rhany persons run representing the three major political philosophies : radical conservative and liberal, Miss Autin said Ppfprring to the 1971 election, Miss Autin said, the conservatives, with a united front, have shown they can elect three. Conservatives elected in 1971 were Ted Heusel, Duane Renken and Ralph Bolhouse. Miss Autin, who received 2,033 votes in the recent election, said the HRP spent about $175 in her campaign. The party purchased two newspaper advertisements, some bumper stickers and printed some educational platforms, Miss Autin said. Miss Autin, Votaw, Alting and Mrs. Pooley said they thought expense statements should be filed. Alting said he spent $126 on leaflets, a few advertisements and one mailing. His contributions came from individuals, Alting said. Mrs. Pooley, who spent approximately $1,700, said big expenses in her campaign were for newspaper advertisements, postage and printing. None of the m o n e y carne from personal resources, she said. "I would favor a law requiring complete accounting for all school board financing. Otherwise there is the possib i 1 i t y financially powerful minonties could buy seats on the board," Mrs. Pooley said. Mrs Pooley said she received contnbutions ranging from $1 to $50 and will file a statement based on the county form with the school administrators. While Mrs. Barhydt, Weinhold and Mrs Martin said they would be willing to make campaign expense statements available, they added they don't think it is a major issue. Weinhold, who spent about $1,326 on the recent campaign, said the issue about campaign expenses is if contnbutors try to exercise some control over candidates elected. In addition to monev Weinhold said many persons contribute a lot of time to the campaigns Some persons are willing to commit time but not money, he said. said he used some money from his own resources and contributions usually in amounts of $10, from a number of persons. The majority of lus campaign costs were for advertisements printing materials for door to door dis tribution and post cards. Mrs Barhydt said from her expenence this year she thinks any candidate can collect money for his campaign. She i san the $1,200 used in her campaign did no come from a partisan group. Contribu tions from individuals ranged from $10 to $20, according to Mrs. Barhydt, and were handled by her finance chairman. Contributions were used for newspaper advertisements, an advertising agency, printing of handouts, coffee hour invitations and mailings. . Mrs. Martin said the $1,368 raised for her campaign by a committee carne from individual contributions. The money was spent on advertising, supplies, printing and postage, Mrs. Martin said; Mrs. Martin said she would be recepve to making expense statements availble to anyone who is interested but would consider the names of donors to be onfidential information. During the campaign several candiates suggested improvements be made n campaigning and the election process. Trustee Cecil Warner, who lost the chool board election in 1968 by 300 otes and won the next year, said it is ifficult for a person to run by himself, vithout a campaign organization, and vin. The first time he ran, Warner said, he perated on the theory that if "I just vent forfh and expressed my views I ould ge't elected. It didn't work that way." The next year he had a campaign manager. Warner has suggested the school disrict print and distribute the views and eliefs of all the candidates about the ssues prior to the election by mailing he information to all the registered voters in the district. While the amount of time a candidate wants to spend on the campaign is not discriminatory, Warner said, the amount of money a candidate has available can De restrictive to candidates. Warner said he favors limiting the amount of funds a candidate can spend Dut added he doesn't have a formula to 'igure how it should be limited. Mrs. Pooley said the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Council might also be considered as a possible vehicle for funding school board races, with a set amount given to each candidate. "Candidates for the school board are almost always middle class, middle-aged and white. It's important that the young, poor and non-white citizens in our community be given equal opportunities to engage themselves as viable candidates in school board elections," Mrs. Pooley said. - The community should consider giving school board members financial renumeration for their service to enable a broader range of persons to serve on the school board, Mrs. Pooley said. "Not many persons can afford 20 hours a week in public service with no renumeration," Mrs. Pooley added. A majority the candidates said local news media should provide more cover-age of the campaign. Miss Autin said there should be more candidates' nights and candidates should debate the issues at the candidates' nights rather than make speeches. Expressing disappointment in the low voter turnout this year, Mrs: Barhydt said perhaps changing the time of the election to the fall would help. There were nine candidates on the school election ballot. One candidate, Christopher Reaske, withdrew from the campaign prior to the election. Judith Wood, who received 4,648 votes, was unavailablp. fnr comment. .
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