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July 23, 2004 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-07-23

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Courting Voters

Seven challengers seek 48th District judgeship.

Kaplan and his wife, Lisa, have two
young daughters.
• Barron has been an Oakland County
assistant prosecutor for the past seven
my two of the seven candidates
years with a total of 12 years of prosecu-
competing to succeed retiring
torial experience, including service in the
0 48th District Court Judge
District Court itself.
Edward Avadenka will make it through
'All of my work has been on behalf of
the Aug. 3 non-partisan primary to the
the public and the victims of crime,"
Nov. 2 election. Avadenka has held the
Barron said. "The district court must
post since 1988.
provide an impartial forum and speedy .
The field for the six-year term includes
justice to serve the community. As judge,
Marc Barron, Donald Studt and Sarah
I will act impartially and thoughtfully,
Wildgen, all of Birmingham; Patrick
instruct jurors clearly and accurately, and
Devine of Orchard Lake; and Steven
demand attorneys practice ethically."
Kaplan, Valerie Valentine and Rose Bully
A graduate of Bloomfield Hills
Warnicke, all of West Bloomfield.
High School, he serves on
• Kaplan, a campaign veteran who has
been a Macomb County prosecutor since numerous boards and committees deal-
ing with child abuse and neglect, domes-
1986, is making his second run for the
tic violence, sexual assault, juvenile jus-
position. He lost a close election for
tice and drunk driving. He was honored
OaklandCounty Prosecutor in 1996
by M.A.D.D. in 2001 for his "ability to
when David Gorcyca beat him by just
gather evidence and move each
one-half of 1 percent. He has
case to trial while maintaining
been endorsed by the Detroit
a close relationship with indi-
Free Press and the South
viduals impacted by the crime,
Oakland County Bar
[these] hallmark his leadership
Association: Kaplan and
in successful prosecution of
Wildgen received the Oakland
DWI [driving while intoxicat-
County Bar Association's highest
ed] offenses.
tanking of "outstanding."
Barron and his wife, Lori
"I have a particular interest as
Kaftan Barron, are active on
a prosecutor — and as a judge,
behalf of AIPAC (American
if elected — to reduce the quan- Marc B arron
Israel Public Affairs
tity and severity of domestic vio-
Committee) and together
lence cases," Kaplan said. "I _
organized a Haggadah exhibit
intend to protect victims of
for the Jewish Federation of
domestic violence by imposing
Metropolitan Detroit. His
sentences against the defen-
wife's recent visit to Cuba as
dants, if they are convicted, that
part of an American Jewish
will protect the victim from fur-
Joint Distribution
ther violence. In drunk driving
Committee (JDC) mission
cases, I hope to change the
led to personal commit-
behavior of the offenders by
ments to projects for the
imposing strict sentences" as well
Cuban Jewish community.
as requiring random screenings,
"I have no doubt that my Jewish her-
Alcoholics Anonymous attendance and
itage profoundly influenced my decision
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
to study law, so central in our history,
(M.A.D.D.) victim impact panels.
to pursue a career exclusively devot-
Kaplan has served as a West
ed to public service, a great Jewish princi-
Bloomfield Township trustee since 2000,
ple," Barron said.
the Southfield -Board of Education from
The 48th district includes
1985 - 1995 and the board of HAVEN
Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills,
domestic violence and sexual assault shel-
Bloomfield Township, Keego Harbor,
ter from 1984-1998. Long active in
Orchard Lake Village, Sylvan Lake and
B'nai B'rith, he has been president of the
West Bloomfield Township. The two
Jacobson Lodge as well as the Michigan
top vote getters will face each other on
region and has. been a board member of
Nov. 2. The job pays $138,000 yearly.
the Anti-Defamation League since 1994.
Bar ratings for the candidates: Kaplan
He has been a member of the adjunct
Wildgen, outstanding; Warnicke,
law faculty at the Michigan State
well qualified; Barron, Devine, Studt,
University College of Law for the past
Valentine, qualified. El
seven years.

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