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Retired psychiatrist Morris
Frumin, of Bingham Farms, is
making a bid for Congress. Dr.
Frumin, a first-time office seek-
er and a Democrat, will challenge
two-term Bloomfield Hills Re-
publican Joe Knollenberg in No-
Dr. Frumin, who practiced
psychiatry for 30 years, said run-
ning for office was something he
always thought about.
"I'm disappointed with the per-
formance of the incumbent and
Voters in the district may re-
member Ms. Schlussel from 1990
when she lost the primary to Rep.
Dobb by one vote. She challenged
the vote total in Oakland Coun-
ty Circuit Court and lost. Last
May, Ms. Schlussel received a
joint degree in law and business
from the University of Wiscon-
sin. Since graduating, she has
been commuting between Wis-
consin and West Bloomfield. She Debbie Schlussel: In and out of the race.
is looking for a job in Michigan.
Rep. Dobb, who the day before some aspects of the political
last week's filing deadline lost a process," he said.
On the judicial side, perhaps
state Senate primary election to
the hottest race is for an open slot
Willis Bullard, will run for re-
on Oakland County Circuit
election to the House. Her pri-
Court. Vying for retiring Judge
mary challengers are Jeffrey T.
Stewart, a West Bloomfield Robert Templin's seat are Carol
school board trustee, and Sam Hackett Garagiola, Nanci Grant,
Washington. Democratic candi- 46th District Court Judge Susan
dates are Matthew Abel and Moiseev and John N. O'Brien.
It may not be
The May 14 filing dead-
politics, but long-
line didn't bring any oth-
er surprises in Oakland
know Donald Lob-
singer from the
The retirement of state
1960s and early
Reps. Maxine Berman, a
1970s when he was
Southfield Democrat; Jan
at the helm of a
Dolan, a Farmington Hills
Republican; and John
Jamian, a Bloomfield Hills Re-
In 1994, he won a three-way
publican, leaves three area seats
open and a larger than normal Republican primary for a Ma-
comb County seat in the U.S.
field of candidates seeking office.
House but lost to incumbent (=\
Among those running for Rep.
David Bonior in the general elec-
Berman's seat is Carol King, the
former director of the Michigan tion.
Mr. Lobsinger is back in the
Abortion Rights Action League.
political ring, again as a candi-
County Commissioner Nancy
Quarles, Paul Condino and Mil- date for Mr. Bonior's 10th Dis-
ton Dzodin will also seek the De- trict seat. Former state GOP
mocratic nomination. The _ chair Susy Heintz and former Re-
publican state Sen. Gil DiNello
August winner will go on to face
Roderick Fracassi, the son of are also vying for the Republican
Southfield Mayor Donald Fra- nomination and an opportunity
cassi. to try ousting Rep. Bonior. ❑
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he May 14 filing deadline
for political office has come
and gone and so has the
short-lived campaign of
On May 9, the 27-year-old filed
as a Republican candidate for
state representative in the 39th
District, Barbara Dobbs' seat.
Ms. Schlussel withdrew from the
race eight days later. "I filed be-
cause I thought now was the time
to run," said Ms. Schlussel, dur-
ing a phone interview from Wis-
consin. "I thought it would be a
good opportunity for West Bloom-
field to have a good state repre-
"I withdrew after evaluating
the situation, looking at the field
of candidates and examining my
ability to fund-raise. I decided it
wasn't a good time to run after
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