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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-23

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Friday, November 23, 1984 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

CLOSE-UP

Council Maverick

Continued from preceding page

come Detroit's first major
black mayoral, candidate.
Ravitz feared that he, a lib-
eral, and Austin would split
the same voter base, with both
losing in the primary. He was
probably right. Austin won
the primary but lost in the
runoff to Roman S. Gribbs,
now a Michigan Court of Ap-
peals judge. Ravitz observes,
without bitterness, that he
probably could have won in
1969 -- the timing was right.
He patiently waited another
four years, running for mayor
in 1973, but he finished third
in the primary, behind John
Nichols, the former Detroit
police commissioner, and
Coleman Young, who won his
first four-year term in the
general election.
Ravitz' decision cost him his
seat on the Council — he could
not run for both offices — and
he next became staff director
of the Detroit-Wayne County
Community Health Services

Board where he served for
eight years.
"I came back to the Council
for several reasons," he said. "I
enjoyed the mental health
board and the salary was

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This is a year of
decision for me. I
have been urged to
run for mayor, but
this is not terribly
practical."

much better but I think I was
getting a little bored. I missed
the kind of controversy and
challenge of the public aspects
of political' life."
In 1981, he ran again for the
City Council and apparently
had maintained sufficient
name identification as well as
a constituency to win back a
Council seat.
But things are not the same.

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