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CONTINUED
Council candidatepositions

Thursday, April 3, 1975

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104
One choice: Al Wheeler

Th ird

Ward

"HE DAILY CHOOSES to strongly
endorse Democrat Albert Wheeler
as the first and only, choice in next
Monday's city-wide election.
We believe that Wheeler can and
will move the city forward more ef-
ficiently and effectively than either
of his two opponents:t Human Rights
Party (HRP) candidate Carol Ernst
and Republican James Stephenson.
Wheeler promises to be the mayor
of all the people-unlike his Republi-
can opponent who treats with blatant
contempt anyone who is different
from himself. As one person recently
commented, and we would certainly
tend to agree, "If I go into Wheeler's
office I will see students, gays, low-
income people and businesspersons
alike on his appointments schedule."
He is open and honest-if he doesn't
agree with something you have to
say, he'll tell you so to your face. He,
in our opinion, exhibits the necessary
forcefulness and leadership to cap-
ably handle the job of mayor.
IN HIS 35 YEARS as an Ann Arbor
resident, Wheeler has held key
leadership roles in enacting a fair-
housing law (the first in Michigan),
developing a human relations com-
mission, developing and chairing Ann
Arbor's Model Cities program and be-
coming involved in the Office of Eco-
nomic Opportunity. He has repeatedly
come to the aid of students of every
description as evident in the 1970
Black Action Movement (BAM)
strike.
We cannot support Carol Ernst for
mayor. The abilities that she might
have for moving this city ahead, un-
fortunately get bogged down in rhe-
toric and utopian concepts that bear

little relevance to the cold facts of
city government.
An even worse alternative would be
two more years of Jim Stephenson-
the bulk of the city electorate never
wanted him, and we have no more use
for him now than we did two years
ago.
' ) BE SURE, he initiated a cam-
paign reform ordinance which
he himself violated by not reporting
his finances on time. He, along with
his Republican cohorts on City Coun-
cil, removed all but one voter regis-
tration site on campus in a blatant
political move to thwart potential stu-
dent voters. In the summer of 1973,
Stephenson, again in collusion with
his dubious cohorts, repealed the $5
marijuana city ordinance only to have
the city's voters slap his hand one
year later by enacting a $5 marijuana
charter amendment. He has made in-
numerable undesirable appointments
to so-called "citizens' committees";
the Community Development Revenue
Sharing (CDRS) Citizens' Committee
being a case in point. The chairman
of that committee just happens to be
a former Republican councilman and
just happens to be Stephenson's
present campaign manager. And the
list goes on and on and on.
STEPHENSON, the uncooperative,
arrogant, political operator that
he is,. does not command our respect,
let alone an endorsement to become
Ann Arbor's next mayor.
Wheeler, while not being the "stick-
to-your-guns" liberal that we had'
first hoped, is nevertheless a step in
the right direction. We, again, urge a
strong vote for him on Monday.

Michael
Broughton:
Democrat

Everret
Guy:
HRP

Robert
Henry:
Republican

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An Ann Arbor resident since 1964, Mike Broughton
graduated from the University of Michigan with a de-
gree in Business Administration in 1968. He has worked
in the Accounting Department of the University of
Michigan since July of that year. He is presently super-
visor of Accounting at the Dearborn campus.
AM RUNNING for City Council because I feel our
traditional belief that City Council should be a for-
um for the conflicting interests and desires of our
diverse citizenry is at stake. A council member should
not be a self-righteous moralist who thinks he or she
has all the answers. A council member should not feel
he or she has a special privilege to compromise the
interests of his or her constituents to the poor plan-
ning of developers. The poorly planned and unwanted
development is not inevitable, and it's time the Third
Ward has a council member who will fight on council
for your interests. We need to keep open space in
Ann Arbor to recover and protect the charm of our
city.
We need to repair and repave old roads, not build new
ones. We need to provide basic services for existing
neighborhoods before we compound our problems by,
servicing new developments.
For too long, the same small group has run things
in our town and made decisions (that affect us all) by
themselves for you. This has resulted in unwanted
commercial development and a street system which
is falling apart.
I AM PRIMARILY interested in city planning and
development, city services, budgeting, and citizen-par-
ticipation in local government.
I want you to present your ideas to me and to the
various appointed citizen's committees. These citizens'
committees are vital to the city. They must be heard
and their views should not be ignored. I stand ready
to accept input from each resident of the 3rd Ward
on how to make Ann Arbor a better place in which
to live. My aim is to represent the Ward as a whole
- not a mere segment of the Ward - to the best o4
my ability.
My ability includes a strong background is budgeting.
I have been business coordinator for several hundred
federal, state, and private grants and contracts. I
feel this experience will help me to communicate with
you on the complexities of the city budget and help me
to keep it balanced.

Everett Guy, 27, in addition to his work in HRP, he
hasvbeen active in day care work and ecological con-
cerns.
j AM the co-coordinator of Corntree Cooperative Day
Care Center. Working with young people is every-
one's responsibility, not just the parents.
I feel that when day care centers can stop worrying
about survival and deal with quality care, the needs
of the community will be more satisfactorially met.
There has been talk that the $560,000 figure (for the
day care proposal) was too much money. But this is a
minimal amount. A surplus, if there would ever be
one, could go for better paid existing staff, more staff,
very necessary hot lunches, and more equipment and
materials.
In the past, the City Council has used its resources
on behalf of a few monied interests at the expense
of the community.
Then we lose.
We lose to Briarwood, to the Packard-Platt Shopping
Center, and to MacDonald's. City Council should reflect
the ideas and feelings ofthe public, but at this time
it does not even listen to the voice of the people. I,
feel and HRP feels that the economic and political
structures should be rearranged so that all citizens
have an equal role in decision making and share equal-
ly in the rewards of society.
THEN WE COME to the most unequal issue in this'
election, rent control. Rents in Ann Arbor are the
second highest in the nation, and have been rising in
the center city at a rate three times faster than the
national average.
Couple that with the fact that 90 per cent of the new
construction is too expensive for two-thirds of the po-
pulation, and we find many people discriminated
against.
The only way to stop the rising spiral of rent costs
is rent control. Private enterprise by its very nature
cannot correct these conditions.
In summation, I would like to encourage people to
start taking responsibility, even if its just going
to the polls and marking your ballot.
If you feel we need changes, get out there and vote.

Incumbent Republican Robert Henry is a partner in
the law firm of Conlin, O'lagan, Henry, Hurbis &
Graf. He received his B.S. degree from the University
of Houston and his law degree, cum laude, from
Wayne State University. He is a member of the Wash-
tenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of
Michigan.
I LOOK forward to the next two years in Ann Arbor
with a great sense of optimism. Mayor Stephenson,
together with myself and the Republican majority on
Council have a solid record of accomplishment of which
I am very proud. With the federal government's new
Community Development Revenue Sharing program
now a reality, I believe that we can begin to make
significant progress toward solving the perennial prob-
lems which continue to plague us as a city.
The key to progress in the coming years is financial
responsibility. When I took office in 1973 it was hard
for me to understand some of the things that had
gone on and the financial mess that the City was in.
The Democrat/HRP group had ignored the warning of
the City's auditors and had placed us in a position
where our credit and our bonding authority were in
jeopardy.
IN TWO SHORT years we have dramatically revers-
ed those problems. We have repaid more than half of
our general fund deficit, which means that we have
put money back into our bond funds where it belongs.
We have put an end to the practice of "borrowing"
from these funds to finance genral operations.
In other areas of the City's operations we have made
great progress. We have taken positive steps to improve
our relationships with our surrounding townships. We
have reached some agreements with the Ann Arbor
Transportation Authority which I feel will improve
the service which is offered to the public.
In the area of basic services we have taken action
to improve our sewage treatment plant and to upgrade
our police department and the results are beginning
to show in lower crime statistics.
THERE ARE MANY, many other areas where we
have made progress, such as in safety sidewalks, traf-
fic control and the upgrading of road construction stan-
dards. However, the keys to continued progress are
experienced leadership and financial stability. If we
don't have these, then much of what has been ac-
complished will be lost.

Liz Taylor in First Ward

DEMOCRAT LIZ TAYLOR is the
Daily's choice in the First Ward
City Council election. Taylor's ex-
perience, aggressiveness, and' inde-
pendence will make her a valuable
contribution to city government if
elected.
The decision to endorse Taylor
was not an easy one. Her Human
Rights Party (HRP) opponent, Da-
vid Goodman, is also qualified and
capable. Goodman's experience in
city affairs over the last several
years, which has included spearhead-
ing the drive to keep ERIM out of
the city and working for more fed-
eral revenue sharing funds, gives
him a good background for serving
the public.
On the balance, however, we be-
lieve Taylor will serve the constitu-
ency more effectively. Repeatedly
Taylor has demonstrated her inde-
pendence and her immunity to in-
timidation, no matter how unpopular
her stand may be.
Rent control is a case in point.
We disagree with Taylor's position
on this Issue, as does Goodman. And
Goodman has lashed out at Taylor
with increasing fury on this matter.
Yet Taylor has held firm. Such firm-
ness will be equally valuable in bat-
tling the Republicans when the time
comes.
JERS IS A RECORD of integrity
and consistency, and we take her
at her word that, although she op-
poses the charter atnendments, she

will, if elected, work aggressively ti
relieve the unfair economic burden,
now facing city renters and working
parents of young children.
Another point in Taylor's favor i
her expertise in budgetary matters.
Her experience with fiscal affair,
on the county level will aid her witl
the pressing financial problems
which plague the city. Certainly she
alone won't be able to rectify the
myriad of city woes by herself, but
she does have an edge in economics
over Goodman.
This is not to demean Goodman.
It's just that he doesn't have
quite the legacy of ability we find so
attractive in Liz Taylor. Again and
Again the Democrat has shown her
ability to get things done.
As for Republican Karen Graf,
there is no reason to view her more
seriously than she views her com-
mitment to and concern for first
ward voters. The wife of GOP council
member Bob Henry's law partner
and a leading admirer of Jim Steph,
enson, Graf has kept her campaign-
ing to, and her Victorian policy
stances reflect a level of enlightment
generally considered dated since the
turn of the century.
THE COMPOSITE PORTRAIT of
ability, independence, and know-
ledge makes her an extremely attrac-
tive candidate. Her face, while not
new in county affairs, will bring
fresh insight to a beleaguered City
Council.

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Fourth

Ward

Bill
Bronson:
Democrat

Judy
Gibson:
HRP

Ron
Tro wbridge:
Republican

Edge to Jones in Second

IN HER PAST TWO years on City
Council, Carol Jones (D-Second
Ward) has demonstrated a dedication
to the job, a keen understanding of
the issues and most importantly has
voted in a manner consistent with the
wishes of her liberal constituency.
For these reasons, the Daily staff
has decided to support Jones in her
bid for re-election. As in the case of
the First Ward, it was a difficult de-
cision. The Human Rights Party
(HRP) candidate Frank Shoichet
would also be a hardworking, able
councilperson. However, Shoichet's
record was seriously besmirched when
he. nrovided thp imnativ hpind -s-

ly with the city's other two parties.
ALSO ON THE BALLOT next Mon-
day is Republican Robert Mc-
Donough. While this candidate es-
pouses some surprisingly liberal posi-
tions for a member of the GOP, he
fully backs Mayor James Stephenson
in his re-election bid. That is an
untenable stance and reason enough
to discount McDonough.
Although Shoichet's political back-
ground is quite solid and he has
demonstrated an ability to push for
needed reforms, at least one of his
major efforts has gone awry. He was
the mrinnon aihr tnn,,, r- a ~

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Bill Bronson is 48 years old and has lived in Ann
Arbor since 1946. An Activities Therapist in the Neuro-
psychiatric Institute at the University Hospital, he has
been active in local youth programs, the University
Choral Union, and the local Democratic Party.
WHO IS BEING helped and who is being hurt by the
actions of the present Council majority? I have
often asked myself this question during the campaign.
My conclusion has been that most people have been
hurt.
At a time when one worker in eight (12.5 per cent) in
Washtenaw Court is unemployed there is an increas-
ed need for community services - health clinics, child
care centers, recreation programs, and public trans-
portation. Since the last city election, the Republican
majority has laid off many badly needed city work-
ers, cut vital city services and, following the recom-
mendations of the Colburn Committee, has literally rob-
bed low and middle income taxpayers of their fair
share of Community Revenue Sharing (CDRS) funds.
I strongly believe that money should be controlled by
the people being served by these programs.
The Stephenson administration has discouraged broad-
ly based citizen participation in Ann Arbor's govern-
ment. Appointments to boards, commissions and ad-
visory groups are now being made on a narrow, parti-
san basis. The Republican majority on Council has used
every legal method possible to disfranchise eligible cit-
izens (mostly students) from registering to vote.
I SUPPORT the proposed Charter Amendment on Day
Care. I believe that it is important that day care facil-
ities be established on a permanent basis.
I also support the proposed Charter Amendment on
Door-to-Door Voter Registration. We should encourage
and help all citizens to register to vote.
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Judy Gibson, 24, of 1018 Church Street, is the Human
Rights candidate for City Council in the Fourth Ward.
She has been an anti-war activist, a Drug Help volun-
teer for the past two years, and the co-Chairperson
of the Human Rights Party City Committee. She is pre-
sently helping to organize a Women's Community Cen-
ter and a new Women's Bookstore, and is active in
Lesbian's Opening. She is also an astrologer.
WHAT STRENGTHENED my interest and dedication
to HRP is the state of city government. When I
found out there was an HRP City Committee that
worked with Councilperson Kozachenke, I joined that
group in September. I gladly accepted the responsibil-
ity of attending each Council meeting, researching
agenda items, responding to community desires by
helping to draft ordinances and resolutions. Through
that process, I have come to learn more about every
facet of Ann Arbor: government, trade unions, 'day
care centers, housing conditions, and much more.
Through rent control, the 55 per cent of Ann Ar-
bor's population who are tenants can challenge the
abusive practices of big landlords and management
companies. According to the U.S. Census of 1970, the
Ann Arbor metropolitan area has the second highest
rents in the nation, and recently revealed figures in-
dicate that the city of Ann Arbor has even higher
rents.
Through passage of the day-care proposal, lower-in-
come women will have an improved chance at ob-
taining jobs.

Republican Ron Trowbridge holds a Ph.D. in English
from the University. He is currently an Associate Pro-
fessor of English at Eastern Michigan and belongs to
a number of academic organizations.
HAVE walked personally to 4,500 Fourth Ward homes
in the past 50 days - if not a world's record, then
awfully near it. I have done so to introduce myself,
to give myphone number to all and urge them to call
me anytime if I am elected and to learn of prob-
lems immediate to the citizens that I might as council-
man try to solve. I write now to underscore what I
have learned firsthand to be the issues of this city.
To ask me whether I favor natural areas over de-
veloped ones is like asking Audobon if he likes birds
or Jacques Cousteau, whales. While I would prefer that
areas now natural remain forever so, growth is some-
times necessary, in which case it must be stringently
controlled. Ithave of course consistently opposed the ex-
pansion of the airport; and consistent with my con-
cerns for natural beauty, I approve of the recent allo-
cation of CDRS funds for aesthetic historic preserva-
tion, which the Dems, acting like Babbitts, do not. Their
opposition to an upkeep of historic beauty is a matter
of record.
THE REPUBLICAN COUNCIL, to widespread citizen
satisfaction, recently alloted $1,250,000 toward road
repair. On the other hand, the Dems on three separate
occasions this past year, rejected proposals to repair
roads.
I personally consider tax assessment as the most
widepread issue disturbing the people of Ann Arbor.
The one thing above all else I mean to work for one
Council is living within our means, balancing the bud-
get - and therefore not demanding more of your
money, over which, with respect to property tax as-
sessments, you have no control. Generosity is a virtue,
but not necessarily so when it's with other people's
money - yours. As Republicans can never repeat too
often, the current Republican Council has reduced by

THE TWO PROPOSALS
- are rather tools that
willingness of the people
fight for their rights.

- rent control and day care
are only as strong as the
to organize around and to

By allowing a concentration of power to vest in a
few, the job does not get done. Our pollution prob-
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