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November 08, 1991 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-11-08

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Southfield Voters
Stay The Course

NOAM M.M. NEUSNER

Staff Writer

I

n an off-year election,
Southfield's voters opted
to stay home rather than
brave the freezing weather.
Only 20 percent of the
city's 51,942 registered
voters cast ballots in
Tuesday's election.
In an election with about
44 percent of the votes cast
on absentee ballots, the in-
cumbents held an automatic
advantage over challengers.
True to form, Southfield's
four city council incumbents
held on to their seats, fen-
ding off three challengers.
Vicki Goldbaum led all
vote-getters with 6,632.
Denise R. Alexander came in
second with 6,328. Sidney
Lantz finished third, with
6,036. Eli Robinson won the
fourth seat with 5,806.
Sylvia Jordan, a relative
newcomer to Southfield poli-

Mayor Donald
Fracassi said he
was surprised by
the low voter turn-
out, especially
because the
Oakland County
waste plan was on
the ballot.

tics, ran a strong campaign,
but finished fifth with 4,084
votes. The two other
challengers, Roy Bell and J.
Thomas Pride, finished with
3,083 and 2,209, respective-
ly.
Mrs. Goldbaum was confi-
dent of victory soon after the
precinct totals came in.
After 12 precincts had re-
ported, she was already set-
ting her sights on higher
goals.
"The people of Southfield
have chosen me. I should be
president (of the city coun-
cil)," she said. "It is my
turn."
Following the defeat, Ms.
Jordan said she was un-
daunted.
"It's in my blood now," she
said. "They can no longer
call me unqualified or inex-
perienced."
Sidney Lantz, who out-
dueled Eli Robinson for the
third four-year term, said he
would continue to "fight for
a public forum" at council
meetings. He also wants to
start a city mass transit
system.
Mayor Donald Fracassi

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said he was surprised by the
low voter turn-out, espe-
cially because the Oakland
County waste plan — which
had generated voter interest
— was on the ballot.
"It's a shame," said the
mayor. "People should be
more conscious of the elec-
tions."
Mr. Fracassi said the solid
waste plan, which was put
on the ballot as a bond issue
to fund an incinerator in
Auburn Hills and to under-
write county-wide recycling,
should have elicited stronger
voter response. But with
very low turnout, he said,
the elected leaders "don't
know which way the voters
want to go."
The bond proposal passed
by a narrow margin in Oak-
land County, 70,908 to
70,685. Southfield voters re-
jected it, 4,843 to 4,781.
Mr. Robinson, as winner of
the fourth council seat, will
have to face a re-election
campaign two years from
now. But, he said, the results
were not discouraging.
"There's nothing different
I will say; there's nothing
different I will do," he said.
"I will not change what I
believe for the sake of buy-
ing votes."
Denise R. Alexander, who
two years ago won a two-
year term, was pleased with
her second-place finish.
"I'm hoping the vote
reflects people appreciating
the job that I'm doing," she
said. "I hope I continue to
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Election Results
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In Huntington Woods,
John Wierzbicki and incum-
bent Harry Howes finished
first and second, respective-
ly, in a field of nine can-
didates. Mr. Wierzbicki fin-
ished with 888 votes; Mr.
Howes won 834. The other
candidates, with their vote
totals were: Mark Diem,
639; Mark Sherbow, 334;
Donna Skelcy, 305; Daniel
Kramer, 280; Samuel Kreis,
195; Jay Tower, 133; Jacob
Masker, 13.
Farmington Hills voters
elected four candidates:
Terry Sever, Nancy Bates,
Joanne Smith and Lawrence
Lichtman. The candidates,
with their vote totals were:
Mr. Sever, 7,060; Ms. Bates,
6,820; Ms. Smith, 6,381; Mr.
Lichtman, 5,679; Paul
Sowerby, 5,033; Ron 01-
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