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Brickner also hopes the power of
familiar names at the top of the
Democratic ticket, like U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin and Attorney General Jennifer
Granholm — the poll-leading guberna-
torial candidate — will capture straight-
ticket votes for him. The Democrats got
7,700 straight ticket tallies in the 2000
West Bloomfield elections compared to
6,200 for Republicans.
The 39th District now covers all of
Commerce Township, almost all of West
Bloomfield, plus the tiny village of
Wolverine Lake. Keego Harbor, Sylvan
Lake and Orchard Lake Village were
deleted from the district. There are about
25,000 Jewish people among West
Bloomfield's 65,000 residents.
Commerce has about 30,000 residents,
with a smaller Jewish population.
"These candidates have a lot to deal
with in their campaigns, mainly the
shrinking state revenues and the uncer-
tain budget situation," said Allan Gale,
assistant director of the Jewish
Community Council of Metropolitan
Detroit. "It will be interesting to see their
viewpoints on maintaining funds for the
elderly, the disabled and the many Jewish
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Brickner cites his "strong record of com-
munity involvement," including the
West Bloomfield board, planning com-
mission, the board's water and sewer,
transportation and better roads commit-
tees and the Lakes Advisory Council.
He's especially proud of his environmen-
tal work, pushing adoption of an ordi-
nance to reduce harmful fertilizing, help-
ing to ease flooded basement problems,
working on issues concerning drains,
roads and traffic patterns.
Brickner predicts a victory for
Granholm, but claims the Republicans
are leaving her in a "financial mess."
"There's a $1 billion decrease in state
revenues; taxes have gone up, not down,
under Engler; there are higher sales taxes
and many hidden taxes, people are losing
jobs, corporations are cooking the books
... it's just like the mess in the nation's
economy that the Bush administration
created," he said.
In his job as a financial adviser,
Brickner said he's getting complaints
from many of his Jewish Republican
clients who are worried that their portfo-
lios "fattened up" in the-1990s are now
Shulman pegs the state revenue
decrease at $500 million, pointing out
that a balanced budget is mandatory
under state law, and that the current $37
billion budget includes $540 million for
K-12 schools, and $60 million for the
low-income energy assistance fund to
help seniors pay utility bills.
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his wife, Lois, also a lawyer, have four daughters. The family
ongregation Shaarey Zedek.
ocranc atallenger Stuart Brickner, who is also a financial adviser, attended
erroit's Mumford High School, Wayne State University and Detroit College of
He's involved in many community activities, including Kadima, the Martin
tither: King Jr. United We Walk West Bloomfield, Families in Action, and is an
I l th Congressional District representative to the state central committee of the
Michigan Democratic Party.
He and his wife, 'Maxine, have a son and a daughter. She is a social worker
employed by Henry Ford Health Systems as a therapist. The family belongs to
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