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November 08, 2002 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-08

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with the retirement of Rep. Ben
Gilman, R-N.Y.
Rep. Eric Cantor; R-Va., Gilman's
only GOP colleague, handily defeated
challenger Ben Jones, better known as
"Cooter" on the TV series Dukes of
Hazard. That reinforces Cantor's status
as one of the GOP's up-and-corners.
In Illinois, former Bill Clinton
staffer Rahm Emanuel, who is Jewish,
won the safely Democratic seat aban-
doned by Rep. Rod Blagojevich, who
moves to the governor's mansion. But
in Georgia, Democrat Roger E Kahn
defied the prognosticators by losing to
Republican Phil Gingrey for the right
to represent the newly drawn 11th dis-
trict in the Atlanta area.
In Maryland, Democratic Rep. Ben
Cardin, one of the senior members of
the Jewish delegation in Congress,
swamped GOP challenger Scott Alan
Conwel, a political newcomer. All
Jewish members of New York's big
House delegation handily won re-elec-
tion on Tuesday, some by huge-mar-
In one of the year's strangest races,
former Rep. Jim Traficant, D-Ohio,
one of the most vehement critics of
Israel in the House, ran for his old seat
from an Ohio prison cell. Traficant,
who was booted out of Congress after
a bribery and racketeering conviction,
did better than expected, but still gar-
nered only 15 percent of the vote.

Florida Battle

Jewish Republicans poured money and
resources into the Florida gubernatori-
al race, where incumbent and presi-
dential sibling Jeb Bush faced a strong
challenge from Democrat Bill
McBride. Both campaigns targeted
Florida's huge Jewish population; in
the end, Bush won handily with 56
percent of the vote.
The strong victory of Linda Lingle,
a Republican, means Hawaii will have
its first woman governor — and first
Jewish one. Pennsylvania will also have
a Jewish governor, thanks to the elec-
tion of former Philadelphia Mayor
Edward G. Rendell, a Democrat.
Rendell defeated state Attorney
General Mike Fisher, a Republican.
In Maryland, GOP Rep. Bob
Ehrlich defeated Lt. Gov. Kathleen
Kennedy Townsend — a dramatic
upset in this overwhelmingly
Democratic state. Both candidates
campaigned feverishly for the state's
big Jewish vote, and Ehrlich forces
claimed they made significant inroads
in the traditionally Democratic com-

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highest-ranking woman ever to serve
While her new
Senate district is
three times the size
of her House dis-
trict, the issues are
the same, said
"Even though
each community I
represent has a
unique face, the
issues in Ferndale,
Farmington Hills
Gilda _Jacobs
and Franklin are
similar. All have
concerns about
access to medical
care and prescription drugs," she said.
Jacobs added that her constituents also
are concerned about declining school
enrollment, consumer issues and urban
The Big difference between working as
a state senator and a representative,
Jacobs said, is that "as a senator, I'll be
one of only 38 people and I really have a
greater voice for our district."

State House

Despite walking away with a 60-40 win
in the race to represent Michigan's 39th
Congressional District, Marc Shulman
says he never assumed he'd win.
"If there's one thing I've learned in my
two terms in the state Legislature, it's
that the people you
represent don't
want to be taken
for granted," said
the West
Republican, who
will be forced by
term limits to leave
office after this
two-year term.
The 39th
District covers all of Marc Shulman
Township, almost
all of West
Bloomfield, plus the village of Wolverine
"The issues I've talked about are the
issues that everyone in the district has in
common," Shulman said, listing
"improving the economic climate; assur-
ing that everyone who wants to work
has a job; promoting education as an
investment, not an expenditure; and
protecting our most vulnerable citizens
— the elderly, disabled and poor."

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