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August 02, 2002 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-02

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Baron Vs. Knollenberg In GOP;
Democrat Fink Is Unopposed

Bart Baron

David Fink

one talking about a service-oriented
economy today?"
Baron said Americans must provide
for our homeland security, but not
give up their personal freedoms and
"I still have relatives alive who wear
the German concentration camp tat-
too," he said. 'Ask them what hap-
pens when a society gives away its
freedom and privacy in the name of
personal and economic security.
Someone has to make it abundantly
clear to our legislators that we want
security, but understand that the price
is not to give up our cherished free-
Bart Baron of Troy would like to build doms. To do so is a win for the ter-
a people-oriented coalition that works
Protecting and buffering Social
for the interests of family and workers
Security is of special concern to him.
and not the special interests. He said
he would rate these issues in order of
"We all know that we, as
Americans, have to change our savings
their respective importance: economy,
and spending patterns," he said. "We
security and social issues.
"With regard to economy, I would
save at a 2 percent rate whereas the
rest of the world saves at a 10-15 per-
look to revising the trade treaties that
cent rate. Evolutionary change works
have been poorly negotiated," he said.
best and is long lasting. Revolutionary
"We have given away the cookie jar."
change, privatization, is fleeting at
Americans need trade and a strong
and healthy manufacturing and engi-
Baron has lived in Troy since 1997.
neering base to remain the world's
Before that, the management con-
largest economy, he said.
"If we continue at the current policy sultant lived in Northville. His spe-
cialty is business turnarounds and
of sending manufacturing and engi-
neering jobs overseas, we will have
Bart Baron's e-mail address is:
taken away one of the pillars of our
economy," he said. "Do you hear any-

Editor's Note: Jewish candidates seek-
ing elective office this year are wel-
come to announce their candidacy in
the Jewish News. Bart Baron is run-
ning against U.S. Rep. Joe
Knollenberg for the Republican nomi-
nation in the new Ninth
Congressional District. Attorney
David Fink of Birmingham is run-
ning unopposed for the Democratic
nomination. Primary election day is
Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Bart Baron

David Fink

David Fink, a longtime community
advocate and supporter of Jewish
causes running for Congress in the
new Ninth District, vows to bring
the voice and values of Oakland -
County to Washington. A
Democrat, he is unopposed in the
Aug. 6 primary.
As a volunteer, Fink worked to
expand the SMART bus system and
add services for senior citizens and
the mobility impaired. He was
appointed by the Bloomfield Hills
Board of Education to serve on the
Bloomfield Hills Recreation
Commission. He also served as the
Oakland County coordinator of the
petition drive to repeal the state's
concealed weapons law.
Fink is a member of Temple. Israel
in West Bloomfield. He serves on
the advisory board of the Metro
Detroit Jewish Community
Council, the board of directors of
the Michigan Jewish Conference
and the advisory board of Yad Ezra,
the kosher food bank in Berkley.
Fink is a long-term and Capitol
Club member of the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee as well as
its Detroit board. He is active with
the Israel Bonds Attorneys Division
of Michigan and the National
Council of the National Jewish
Democratic Council.
"There will be important contrasts
in this campaign," said Fink. "I am
pro-choice, I support reasonable gun
safety measures, and I believe in
protecting the separation of church
and state. "
Fink has laid out a reform agenda
of corporate responsibility, protect-
ing pensions and investments, low-
ering the cost of prescription drugs ;
preserving Social Security and
improving public schools.
"Our values deserve a strong voice
in Washington. This is the agenda I
will bring to Congress."
Fink grew up in Oakland County
and attended its public schools
before graduating from Harvard
College and Harvard Law School. A
lawyer and entrepreneur, he has
practiced here for 24 years.
Fink and the former Trudy Gealer
have been married for 21 years.
Their daughter, Lauren, and son,
Nathan, attend Bloomfield Hills
Andover High School.
David Fink for Congress is based
in Farmington Hills. His phone
number is (248) 851-9004, ext. 27.

Rep. Knollenberg

Editor's Note: The following is a state-
ment by Rep. Joe Knollenberg on his
record in office:

'As I look back on the last 10 years I
have spent in Congress, I am extreme-
ly proud of what I have been able to
"From providing outstanding con-
stituent service, securing an additional
$465 million to add new customs
agents to our border crossings with
Canada, securing
nearly $60 million
to help clean up
the Rouge River,
and starting a pilot
program with
Medicaid in
Oakland County so
that seniors don't
have to move out
Rep. Knollenberg
of their homes to
receive needed
health care services,
I have worked hard
to improve the quality of life in
Southeast Michigan.
"But I have also been able to make
a difference in other parts of the
world as well.
"As a senior member of the House
Appropriations Committee, and in
my eighth year of service on the
Appropriations Subcommittee on
Foreign Operations, I am proud to be
in a unique position to help strength-
en the U.S.-Israel relationship. When
it comes to foreign policy that means
foreign assistance. Especially during
this difficult time in the Middle East,
it is critical the United States
Congress provide Israel the assistance
it needs.
"From my position on the Foreign
Operations Subcommittee, I have
stood strong each year for military
and economic assistance to Israel.
Earlier this year, I led the fight to pro-
vide $200 million in emergency funds
to Israel, our critical ally in the global
war on terror. I have successfully
pushed for $60 million annually for
the resettlement of Jewish refugees in
Israel. I look forward to continuing to
work in support of Israel just as I look
forward to working on other issues of
importance, such as protecting Social
Security, adding a prescription drug
benefit to Medicare and protecting
our borders."
Knollenberg lives in Bloomfield
Hills. His Farmington Hills office
phone number is (248) 851-1366.

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