group, Pride Political Action
Committee of Michigan.
Although a defender of Second
Amendment rights, which includes
age, for any length of time, Wolkinson
Editor's Note: Jewish candidates seeking elective office
the right to keep and bear arms,
accepted an invitation to address a West
this year are welcome to announce their candidacy in
Wolkinson says they "need to be bal-
Bloomfield Optimists' meeting on June 11,
the Jewish News.
anced against the safety of all our citi-
even though he was given only two minutes
Especially in light of 9-11, and
SHELLI LIEBMAN DORFMAN
of a domestic terrorist
threat, we need to be careful about
ing age constituents, recently addressing a
who can get their hands on guns or
ou may have seen David Wolkinson around school-wide town hall meeting for students of
any other weapons."
the Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit.
town, ringing door bells, shaking hands
Hoping to share his "expertise in
"I wanted to talk to them about the political
and introducing himself as one of three
policy," Wolkinson looks to
process and how it relates to them as young
Republican party candidates vying for a
legislators in Lansing and
position in the Michigan Senate.
notes: "There are 148 of them and not a single one is
learn how they can get involved."
"I'll discuss issues, any place, any time, 24 hours a
At 22, Wolkinson sees his age as an asset. "Fifty per-
day, six days a week," says Wolkinson, referring to his
Wolkinson says he hopes to become "a voice for fis-
cent of Michiganders are under the age of 35," he says.
regular Shabbat day off.
cal prudence" in the legislature and sees the inclusion
"Yet the youngest state senator is 37. Being young gives
An Orthodox Jew, Wolkinson attended Yeshivat
of economists as a way to reduce budget deficits. His
me a unique perspective on many issues, including
Akiva in Southfield, later graduating from Southfield-
first priority as state senator would be to work toward
education. Not a single state senator today has been in
Lathrup High School where he played on the basket-
insuring a balanced budget without raising taxes.
ball, tennis and golf teams. He earned both his bache-
"I was also very upset about the 38 percent pay raise
At Akiva, Wolkinson was a student of Rabbi Steven
lor's and master's degrees in economics from the
that both of my opponents accepted last year," he says.
Weil, the former Young Israel of Oak Park spiritual
University of Michigan.
"At the same time that the state was forcing state
leader. "David has always been politically astute," says
Since his May 15 announcement to run for the 15th
employees into early retirement, and running up a $1
Rabbi Weil, now with Beth Jacob Congregation in
district seat, Wolkinson has been on a whirlwind cam-
billion deficit, the state legislature gave itself a 38 per-
Beverly Hills, Calif. "I've known him since he was 14
paign tour that goes through and beyond the Jewish
cent pay raise. No one else in the state got a percent
years old and the depth and appreciation he has for
community. The position he seeks is a four-year term
issues have always far outweighed his years."
representing the communities of Commerce,
Strongly agreeing with Wolkinson is former state
Highland, Holly, Milford, Northville, Novi, Orchard
Barbara Dobb, R-Commerce Township, who also
Lake, Rose, South Lyon, Walled Lake, West
Discussing The Issues
endorses him. "Look at the seniors in
Bloomfield, Wixom and White Lake.
Wolkinson has strong ties to Israel. He lived there as a
A Sunday breakfast meeting at Congregation Shanrey child and has traveled back more than a dozen times to our state, on a fixed income. They did not get a 38
percent pay raise," Dobb says. "In fact, many seniors
Zedek, B'nai Israel Center, was the first in a series of
see extended family, including his grandmother.
informal gatherings he is attending at synagogues. He
While at U-M, he organized counter-demonstrations lost their investments."
Wolkinson's run for political office is a continuation
plans to hold town hall meetings in each of the 15
against Palestinian rallies, debated the leader of a
his involvement. He has worked in the campaigns of
municipalities in his district. Before the primary elec-
Palestinian student group on campus and founded
candidates, including Secretary of Energy
tion on Tuesday, Aug. 6, Both of his Republican oppo-
Students Against Terror in support of President George
Spence Abraham, also a Republican. Until August,
nents are current state representatives Mike Kowall and W. Bush's declaration of the war against terror. "It is
Wolkinson is also a state precinct delegate.
Nancy Cassis who are term-limited. Also named on
important we have a voice in Lansing that will address
the ballot is Democrat Sean Carlson.
pro-Israel issues," he says.
With current 15th district State Sen. Bill Bullard Jr.
"I am a strong conservative on economic issues, but
not running in this race, there is no incumbent compe- on social issues I take a more moderate approach,"
To contact David Wolkinson, call (248) 350-1133,
tition in the district.
Wolkinson says. "I support a woman's right to make
or access the Web site, davidwolkinson.com
her own personal, moral decision about abortion."
Talk OfThe Town
He has received the endorsement of Planned
Parenthood Advocacy of Michigan and the gay rights
With his willingness to speak with any group, of any
David Wolkinson Eyes State Senate Seat
Leonard Schwartz Campaigns For The Bench
Editor's Note: Jewish candidates seeking
elective office this year are welcome to
announce their candidacy in the Jewish
News. Leonard Schwartz is running
against Michelle Friedman Appel, David
M Gubow, Angela Diggs Jackson, Sam
Konikow, Richard A. Levitt, Gil
Whitney McRipley and Joseph L.
Stewart. Primary election day is
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Leonard Schwartz has kicked off
his campaign to be judge of
District Court 45-B, serving
Huntington Woods, Oak Park,
Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak
Schwartz, of Oak Park, has
worked as an economist for the
state of Michigan and taught law
He said his priorities as judge
1. Ending speed traps and traffic
light traps: Traffic laws should be
used to keep our roads safe from
dangerous drivers. They should
not be used as a sneaky and unfair
way of raising revenue.
2. Focusing on predators: Police
mon sense on the
resources should be
used primarily to pro-
Schwartz, a graduate
tect peaceful, honest
pebple from violence
High School, earned
his bachelor's degree
"As district court
at University of
judge, I can send an
in economics at
about the priorities
citizens expect from
University in Baltimore
the their law-enforce-
and juris doctor at Wayne State
ment system," said Schwartz.
"Police should be public-safety
Schwartz's Web site is
officers — not substitute tax col-
lectors. The people deserve corn-