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ith an open state Sen-
ate seat and two long-
time political friends
both eyeing the district,
Willis Bullard and David Honig-
man had to decide which of
them would run.
Mr. Bullard, a mem-
b er of the state House
along with Mr. Honig- ay -
man, threw his sup-
port behind his
colleague, who ultimately
won the race.
Now, 5 112 years later, Sen.
Honiginan has recently retired
from that seat for health reasons
and is campaigning to help his
friend become his successor.
"It was always kind of implic-
it that, when I left, I would help
Bill win my seat if he wanted it,"
Sen. Honigman said. "When I ran
for Congress (in 1992), we were
hoping he would succeed me in
the state Senate."
Sen. Honigman's endorsement
doesn't bother Barbara Dobb, also
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Although Democrats typically
don't get elected in this district,
Mr. Brickner believes he has a
chance to win. The key, he main-
tains, is to get the Democrats out
to vote. He also believes being
the only Jewish candidate
could give him an edge
because of the district's
large number of Jew-
"In a special election,
yes, I think a Democrat can
win," said Mr. Brickner, a
member of the Farmington
Hills Planning Commission "In
a regular election, probably not."
The winner of the May 13 Re-
publican primary will face Mr.
Brickner three weeks later in a
June 4 election.
In the short period of time
these candidates have had to
campaign, not only are they run-
ning against each other, they also
are racing against the clock in
hopes of making their names and
Rep. Dobb, a certified public
accountant first elected to office
in 1990, believes one of the key
issues facing the district is "pro-
tecting the integrity and goals of
Proposal A. This includes mak-
ing sure funding for education is
Rep. Dobb said the Legislature
will need to address transporta-
tion issues, including long-range
planning and providing money to
fix the state's potholes. She also
suggests looking at county road
commissions and making sure
they provide the most efficient
ways to deliver services.
Rep. Barbara Dobb:
"Protecting the goals of Proposal A."
a Republican and the other state
representative running for the
"The former senator support-
ed every one of my primary op-
ponents and I'm still here," she
Also hoping to succeed Sen.
Honigman are Republicans Ed
Cox and Terry Sever and Demo-
crat Barry Brickner. The 15th
District includes Commerce
Township, Farmington, Farm-
ington Hills, Milford, Novi,
Democrat Barry Brickner awaits a
Walled Lake, West Bloomfield,
Wixom and Wolverine Lake.
"We've got some pretty good
Rep. Dobb says the difference
candidates," Sen. Honigman said.
between her and some of her op-
"The big thing is going to he who ponents is in their views on abor-
can turn out the votes. In a spe- tion and assisted suicide. She
cial primary,-you might only get does not think politicians should
13 to 15 percent of the registered be involved with either issue.
voters so it becomes a question of
"Both are among the most per-
who can get their supporters to sonal, intimate decisions a hu-
man being can make," she said.