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Pierce: Giving it one more try

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DO YOU HAVE IN COMMON WITH
COlyqRESS*AN
CARL PUREL

By MARK PARRENT
Edward Pierce is giving it another
try.
The Ann Arbor Democrat, unsuc-
cessful in his last three tries for public
office, is optimistic about his chances
for winning the 18th district State
Senate seat of retiring Republican
Gilbert Bursley
Pierce enjoys wide name recognition
and support in Ann Arbor, although he
hasn't held public office since 1967
when, as a city councilman, he was

defeated in mayoral race. In 1974, he
lost a close contest for the Democratic
nomination for the 2nd Congressional
seat, and in 1976 he was narrowly
defeated by Carl Pursell in the general
Congressional election.
MANY PEOPLE expected Pierce to
run for Congress again this year, but he
said he felt he could not beat the now-
incumbent Pursell. If Pierce does not
win the state senate race, he has in-
dicated he has no plans for running for
office in the future. Pierce is generally

regarded as the favorite in a very close
race..
His Republican opponent, University
Speech Prof. C. William Colburn, has
charged that Pierce is not really in-
terested in state government, but
rather interested only in using the state
senate office as a stepping stone into
national politics.
Pierce, however, continually claims
that he has an intense interest in issues
confronting the state and would wark
hard in Lansing to represent his con-
stituents.
"Many of the (national) problems ...
have state application," said Pierce.
PIERCE, 48, IS an Ann Arb'or
physician who abandoned private prac-
tice 10 years ago to establish the Sum-
mit Medical Center, which provides
low-cost medical care to low-income
patients.
Pierce's basic campaign theie
might be described as the desire to
have the government regain the trust.of
the people.
"The modd and tone of the ekectoraite
is so anti-government," he notes, "and
I think that the chief thing that has to'be
done in the next few years if for people
like myself . . . to start reversing-the
trend toward disenchantment that
people feel, and hopefuilly start people
at least on the road to believing that the
political process works.". ]
PIERCE SAID his first priority is$ to
review state programs to see if they are
operating as intended. He added he
believes his experience as a doctor
vould help him not only in dealing with
the problems of government health
policies, but also in dealing with a wide
range of other issues because of his con-
tact with the non-medical problems of
his patients.
Pierce said he cannot promise in-
creased financial aid to the state's in-
stitutions of higher education, although
he would like to, because he cannot see
where the money could be shifted from.
Like his opponent, Pierce has been
engaged in a vigorous campaign over
the last several weeks, involving i.any
debates, personal appearances before
groups, and door to door campaigning.

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PIERCE LACKS the smooth style of
his opponent but present an image of
sincerity. At times, especially during:
the later encounters of the campaign,
just call 764-0558 Pierce appeared overcome by the con-!
js4stantly cool and sublte approach of his.
to order your doit speech professor opponent.
During several debates Pierce;
became visibly flustered at what he:
called his opponent's "distortions.""
su scription
See page 15 for a profile on Pierce's
opponent, C. William Colburn.

WHY SHOULD WE
ELECTA COLLEGE
PROFESSOR TO THE
STA TE SENA TE
Because we need someone in our State
Senate who really understands the
needs and concerns of the University
and its students.
Because we need someone who is
willing to fight to return the state lot-
tery money to the education budget
where it belongs.
Because we need someone who op-
poses raising the drinking age to 21.
Because we need someone who is
willing to fight for the decriminaliza.-
tion of marijuana.
Because we need someone who will
block any attempt to rescind the state's
ratification of the E.R.A.
Let's send -a College Professor
to the State Senate.

Students for Colburn:
Arthur E. Albin,- John, Anderson,
Carolyn Ashley, Mary Armstrong,
Billy Borson, Peter Bosch, Bruce
Birumberg, Stephen F. Conn, David
Chobut, Michelle Cattell, Richard
DiPasquale, Paula Davidson, Cather-
ine DeGras, Jim Echols, Leslie Feld-
man, Katherine R. Friedman, Stevie
Flora, John Freeman, Jim Ferguson,
David Fanterra, Mary Fisher.
Lynne Greenberg, John Garris, Thad
Garner, Frederick Henderson, Phil
Hubbard, Alan Hardy, Elizabeth Hay-
low, Mark L, Kowalsky, Bill Konovsky,
Mark Lozier, Larry Lupinski, Jeff
Lyons, Mike Leonard, Gregg Lund-
quist, David Linne, Kathy Lieberman,
Mike McGee, Mark Melzer.
Greg Milosch, Kurt Miller; Ray McAl-
lister, Scott Maly, Amy Must, Brian
McNamara, Mitch Milan, Robert
Manes, Mark McKelvey, James Moilly,
Carol Nosanchuck, Mike Olson, Niel
Patton, David Perez, John Peters,
Max Richardson, Jr., Greg Ruggles,
Ryan Russell, Robert Smyth, Jr, Tom
Staton, Jennifer Steven, Bud Van
DeWedge, Jeffrey Whitacre, Julie
Weeks, Marcy Weingarden; Jeff Wal-
lace, Carolyn Workman, Cornel Wil-
liams.

U. of M. Student Members, Pursell-Congress Committee:
SCOTT WINKLER, Coordinator; CHIP FOWLER, Coordinator. TERRI CORBIN, INGRID SMITH, BILL
BERRY, JOHN CAROSSO, STEPHEN COGUT, MARK EBERBACH, DAVE FANTERA, DEBBIE HAUPT,
STEVE JOHNSON, PAM McMANAMA, TERRI PETERSON, JOHN SCHAAL, DAVE WEINSTEIN, BETH
BABINGTON,-BRAD BAKER.

Bill

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