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November 08, 2002 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-08

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defeat. "He's a good judge," she said,
"well thought of and well respected.
Lawyers appearing before him appreciat-
ed his abilities." Judge Levy could not be
reached for comment.
Appel and former state Rep. David
Gubow handily won the two open seats
in the 45B race, representing
Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant
Ridge and Royal Oak Township. With
the mandated retirement at the end of
the year of Appel's father, Judge •
Benjamin J. Friedman, and Judge
Marvin F. Frankel, the two open judge-
ships attracted nine candidates in the
August primary.
In the Nov. 5 general election, Appel
polled 7,886 votes and Gubow had
7,518 to Angela Diggs Jackson's 4,820
and 4,361 for Gil Whitney McRipley.
Shelley Goodman Taub of Bloomfield
Appel left home that morning at 5:15
Township became the first Jewish
a.m. and stood outdoors at the polling
Republican woman elected to the state
Legislature when she defeated Democrat places from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Since
January, she said, she has "walked every
Shelli Weisberg of
Birmingham for the precinct in Oak Park and Royal Oak
Township, and attended meet-the-candi-
two-year term as
dates events in all four areas." Appel
40th District state
credited her family for working very
hard on her campaign.
Taub attributed
Gubow, a former state representative
her 62 percent vic-
whose father was the late U.S. District
tory to the issues
Judge Lawrence Gubow,--said Nov. 6
she has always sup-
that his life hadn't changed with the vic-
ported: "education,
tory: "I still had to get up this morning,
health care for sen-
have breakfast with my daughters and
iors, lower taxes
Shelley Goodman
get them off to school." -
and a fair shake for
Gubow said his first task will be "to
business — getting
make sure all my signs are picked up."
rid of business reg-
ulations." Taub has
meet with Judges Friedman, Frankel and
served as an Oakland County commis-
their staffs "to get the lay of the land."
sioner for the past 10 years.
Gubow also plans to meet with other
"I'm going to hit the ground run-
district judges to "pick their brains."
ning," said Weisberg, who garnered 38
All new district judges are required to
percent of the votes. "Choice and gun
attend a meeting in Lansing next week
control are important issues we need to
and a three-day course in January. The
keep on. And we'll be back ... I'll work
hard to rally moderates out here for both term of office is six years.
Weisberg is serving her second term,
University Boards
and fifth year, on the Birmingham
It doesn't pay a penny, but 10 people
school board.
wanted to win seats on the University of
Michigan Board Of Regents in this year's
District Judges
election, and another 10 were on the
ballot for the Wayne State University
One of the biggest upsets of election
Board of Governors.
night came in Southfield and Beverly
The two who most strongly opposed
Hills' 46th District Court race.
divesting university investments from
Incumbent Judge Bryan Levy was nar-
the state of Israel took the two available
rowly defeated by a young black attor-
U-M board positions.
ney, Shelia Johnson, 15,369 to 15,082.
"I think I won the way I did because
It is only the fourth time in the last
of the Jewish community," said
decade in Oakland county that an
Republican Andrea Fisher Newman, the
incumbent district judge has been
only Jewish candidate and the only
incumbent on the ballot.
A winner in the neighboring 45B
District Court race, attorney Michelle
Friedman Appel, was surprised by Levy's
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Shulman received 19,692 votes, corn-
pared to 12,722 votes for his
Democratic opponent, Stuart Brickner
of West Bloomfield.
A West Bloomfield township trustee,
Brickner said he threw his name into the
hat because he believed very strongly
that Michigan needed a change — "not
just in the governor's office but all the
way through."
"I'll be running for something else in
the future, and so will my wife,"
Brickner said. (Maxine Brickner lost her
bid for a seat on the Oakland County
Commission 16th District.) "In the
meantime, I have two more years to
serve the residents of West Bloomfield as
a trustee."

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