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November 01, 1985 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-11-01

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Friday, November 1, 1985



Goldbaum, an artist and historian,
feels the importance of the
neighborhoods should not be over-
looked while the commercial inter-
ests are being catered to.
Goldbaum is an energetic cam-
paigner, out "pounding the pave-
ment" since May. She has knocked
on doors in almost all of Southfield's
precincts. She realizes she has to
work hard to beat an incumbent, but
is determined to try. It is time for a
change in administration, she says.
Fracassi, with three terms in
office behind him, approaches cam-
paigning confident that he has done
a good job, and that there is no real
issue that would take an incumbent
out of office.
The Southfield mayor is a part-
time position, but with the change in
the size of Southfield's population
over the past 27 years, the job
encompasses a lot more than was
first envisioned in the Charter.
Fracassi says he often puts in a 40-
to 60-hour week in this "part-time"
The mayor is the ceremonial
head of city government, and repre-
sents the city to outsiders. Pont feels
Goldbaum is very pro-Southfield,
and that she "would promote the city
from a residential perspective rather
than just from the viewpoint of its
commercial advantages." Others say
she is abrasive in her approach to
Fracassi counters that he has a


long history of being "responsive to
people, to the business community
and to the city itself, making sure
it's physically sound and it's a beau-
tiful city."
During his administration,
Southfield was named an All-
America city, and has attracted
much overseas business, such as . the
Nippondenso firm from Japan.
What do both candidates see in
Southfield's future'? Vicki Goldbaum
foresees a "highly technical commu-
nity with much office service. I hope
there's not too much industrial
building. My dream is for it to con-
tinue to be a community of homes,
single-family residences and apart-
ments, living with all the services
we can possibly give them, where
they can work, play and live in the
same community."
Fracassi looks to Southfield be-
coming "much stronger in the next
four years. The economy has picked
up and new construction has allowed
us to reinvest in some of the areas
we hadn't been able to before this
because we didn't have the money to
do it."
Interest in the upcoming elec-
tions varies in Southfield's Jewish
community. There are strong sup-
porters working in each candidate's
campaign, like Schlussel and Pont.
Senior citizens in areas like the
Knob in the Woods apartment com-
plex are very involved. But for
many, the primary was just another

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A letter to the parishioners
of the Brightmoor Tabernacle in
Southfield recently made its way
to the desk of Dick Lobenthal of
the Anti-Defamation League of
the B'nai B'rith.
Some angry members of the
church objected to the letter
which exhorted them to vote for
Mayor Don Fracassi in the up-
coming election. The letter, writ-
ten by Pastor Thomas E. Trask,
stated that the mayor stands for
the moral issues the church
holds, and that his opponent,
(Vicki Goldbaum) is opposed to
all the values that we stand for."
Trask denies this statement
infers anti-Semitism, and says
he favors Fracassi as a personal
friend who helped the church
when it wanted to build.
Lobenthal says the letter in-
sinuates that Goldbaum is im-
moral, although Trask admits

he's never met her and knows
little about her.
When asked about the fact
that Fracassi's party store sells
liquor and cigarets — which are
against the church's teachings —
Trask said this wasn't important
as Fracassi isn't of their religion.
He thinks what is important is
the fact that Fracassi believes in
family values — a belief that the
church shares.
According to Lobenthal, the
Brightmoor Tabernacle is a
major contributor to the "Youth
for Christ" rhovement which
seeks to convert people, includ-
ing Jews.
Fracassi told The Jewish
News that he had no knowledge
of Trask's letter before it was
sent to Brightmoor members,
and while appreciating the sup-
port, he regrets inferences of
religious bias.

Vicki Goldbaum says there's
runaway commercial growth
in Southfield which has added
to traffic snarls, and there's an
increase in street crime.

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