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October 15, 2004 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-10-15

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Election 2004


George W Bush.corn

Up For Grabs


Candidates share views in campaign for
15th District county seat.


The Democratic Mayor of New York City from 1978-1989, the Honorable
Edward Koch, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming Michigan Jewish
Coalition for Bush rally. Mayor Koch will give what promises to be an
informative presentation on why he supports President Bush and
Vice President Cheney in this year's election.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Beth Ahm, 5075 West Maple Rd., West Bloomfield

*This event is not sponsored by nor is it a political endorsement by
Congregation Beth Ahm and its members.

HOW TO GET IN: A limited supply of free tickets are available at the
Bush-Cheney '04 Michigan Headquarters in Southfield, 20100 Civic
Center Drive (corner of Civic Center and Evergreen), Suite 315.





fights fell peacefully but ended prematurely at
the Kaplan family home in West Bloomfield,
when Steve and Lisa Kaplan's teenage daughter's
late-night returns would consistently wake them in
the neighboring bedroom. This coupled with a
dining room table that would no longer support
both dinners for four and Lisa's home office
equipment led the Kaplans to Gittleman with a cry
for more space and privacy.

After customizing four distinct plans for the
Kaplan's selection, Gittleman allowed the couple to
modify the winning plan to their liking. "They were
really flexible," praised Lisa Kaplan, whose
3-bedroom ranch would soon include an office—
converted from hers and Steve's former
bedroom—and a new master suite added to the rear of the house, strategically buffered by the
office to prevent sound from leaking.

The Kaplans commend both Gittleman's administrative staff and the crew for an unwavering show of
respect and courtesy while rearranging the walls of their bedroom come office. Even their family of
gerbils went undisturbed.

Today, the Kaplans are thrilled with what is, essentially, a new home for them. Everyone sleeps
soundly, and the neighbors marvel at Gittleman's flawless matching of 30-year old brick. "I don't
know how they did it!" said Lisa.

They may not share their secrets...but they'll shape your dreams.

Just ask the Kaplans.





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afety and taxes are the most
important issues facing Oakland
County, says the Republican can-
didate for county commissioner from
the 15th District.
"It is essential during this uncertain
time in our history that Oakland
County works closely with our federal
and state governments to ensure
the safety of our citizens," said
Larry Leib, 36, of Farmington
Hills, an attorney with Leib,
Leib & Kramer, P.C., Southfield.
Jim Nash, 47, is Leib's
Democratic opponent for a two-
year seat representing eastern
Farmington Hills. Nash sees
growth management and plan-
ning, public transportation,
water-sewer-runoff issues, energy
conservation and pollution as
key county issues.
"This not only costs citizens
in communities like ours by
spending general revenues sup-
porting urban sprawl outward," Nash
Nash said, "but also ensures
future generations will pay a much
higher bill for correcting the problems
we ignore today."
Regarding homeland security
Oakland County is a target for those
wanting to disrupt our way of life, Leib
said. "We must be prepared at any cost
to be able to communicate effectively
and maintain proper disaster planning,"
he said.
Leib, who has lived in the district 11
years, feels taxes are too high. "We must
do our best to cut taxes, reduce waste
and keep county spending to the essen-
tials," he said.
For those in need today, we must do
more, Nash said. "Some years ago, the
county turned over its mental health
system to a separate board and priva-
tized much of it. This has been devastat-
ing for many of the mentally ill/handi-
capped in our county who have been
faced with service cuts and cost increas-
es. We must study how this affected
patients and how to correct it. We can
also do better with prescription drug
costs, public health and infant mortality
and economic development."
Leib said we must ensure that
Farmington Hills receives "its fair share
of county resources and has a seat at the

table where key decisions are made
affecting our region. I will work hard to
live up to the trust of the voters."
Considering ongoing state and federal
government budget cuts, Nash said,
here will the money come from to
keep us safe, fix our roads, keep water-
sewer fees low or better serve seniors?"
Nash, a district resident for nine
years, added, "We should focus
our economic development
efforts on future industry needs
and products. We should work
regionally on planning, economic
development, public transporta-
tion and our water-sewage-runoff
needs. We should meet the needs
of our seniors, and our youth,
our minorities, our mentally
ill/handicapped and our poor and
uninsured whose ranks are grow-
Current commissioner David
Moffitt, R-Bingham Farms, first
elected in 1985, did not seek re-
election. The 25 county commis-
sioners are paid $30,618 a year.
Leib and his wife, Dori, have a
daughter, Caitlin, 2 1/2, with another
child on the way. They are members of
Temple Israel, West Bloomfield.
Leib earned a B.A. in economics and
urban affairs, Michigan State University,
1990; a J.D., University of Detroit
School of Law, 1993; and an M.S.,
sports business-kinesiology, University
of Michigan, 2000.
Leib is international vice president,
Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity; general
counsel, Detroit Shriners; board secre-
tary, Shriners Hospital For Children in
Chicago; board member of Rotary
International-Detroit Rotary Club; and
a member of the Economic Club of
Detroit advisory committee.
Nash and his wife, Karen, have four
children and three grandchildren. They
co-own McClure-Parkhurst Florist in
Southfield with Karen's sister, Cathy
Nash earned a B.S., political science,
Florida State University, 1988.
Nash serves on the Farmington Hills
Zoning Board of Appeals, chairs the
Sierra Club South East Michigan Group
and is active in the Farmington
Democratic Club. He worked for the
Florida Legislature from 1991-1994. ❑


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