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Page 10-Friday, June 8, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Voters have clout, new Dem leader stresses

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tempt, he thought voters would
recognize his name. "I worked very,
very hard, and I still didn't do as well as
the first time," he admitted.
AFTER HIS loss in 1960, he continued
his involvement in politics by acting as
a campaign manager and raising funds
for Democratic candidates. In 1969, he
ran again for council in the Third Ward,
andc won. He served for two terms, but
decided not to seek reelection in 1973.
He described his current position as
city Democratic Party chairman as
"an open-ended job."
He said that as party chairman he is
the organizer for the party, "There are
so many different ends of activity that
it will really fall apart if nobody's
riding herd on it," he said.
HE SAID HE appoints the five ward
chairpersons of the Democratic Party
and helps them raise funds and
organize campaigns.
Faber referred to his two terms on
City Council from 1969 to 1973 as a
"fascinating period in city gover-
"We were very lucky in Ann Arbor,"
he said. "At that crazy point in history,
we had a new University president, we
had Bob Harris as mayor, and we had a
Democratic city council, and that saved
this town."

FABER SAID that if the city's
leaders had not been as flexible as they
were, the potential for riots and bloody
confrontations could have been much
greater than it actually was.
Faber recalled that City Council gave
students permission to play rock music
in parks in the city's center. "It was
deadly," he said, because the music
was too loud and the crowds too large.
One night City Council met to discuss
a decision rescinding permission to
play music in the parks, he said. "City
Hall was mobbed" with older citizens
and groups such as the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, he said. "It was the most
frightening evening I've ever had," he
said, because of the potential for
"PEOPLE CAME up to me at the
meeting and said 'You're destioying
our town,''' Faber said. "They were
fine people - middle aged - but they
just didn't understand what was going
on in this town."
City Council decided to grant limited
permission to play music in the city's
center, and "ultimately, it was a very
benign thing."
"Without that permission, without
having understood the problem, this
town would have been a bloody, fiery
mess," Faber said.

FABER SAID students failed to turn
out for the city elections last April
because they saw few of the issues
directly affecting them. Poor turnout
among student voters is often cited as a
factor in Democrat James Kenworthy's
loss to Republican Louis Belcher in the
April mayoral race.,
"Students can be a tremendous force,
and they were a tremendous force in
making others re-examine their
opinions," hesaid.
He said politicians face a "bored
electorate" when they campaign today,
and he reiterated his goal of trying to
get citizens involved in city politics.
FABER SAID the strategy of the
Democratic Party in the near future is
to work on issues which city gover-
nment recently has ignored. He cited
problems with rental housing in the city
and the possibility of changing the
timing of the city election as major
issues that need to be explored.
Faber stressed it is always important
to listen to arguments on both sides of
an issue, and he criticized Republican
Mayor Louis Belcher for not listeningto
the views of the Democratic members
of City Council. "We are in separate
camps right now. There is very little

dialogue between Democrats and
Republicans right now," said Faber.
Faber said even though Belcher and
Kenworthy received nearly the same
amount of votes in April's election,
Republicans completely dominate city
government because of Belcher's
policy of appointing Republicans to im-
portant city boards and commissions.
He pointed out that the Economic
Development Corporation is entirely
Republican or non-partisan, and that
the city's planning commission has only
one Democratic member.
But Ann Arbor is not such a big town,
Faber said. Politicians do not run for
office for the little money or power to be
gained. He said politicians from, both
parties run for office because they
honestly want to help the community.
Hungary declared independence
from the Austrian Empire in 1849 and
Lajos Kossuth became president. But
the Austrians, aided by the Russians,
crushed the revolution in August.
Kossuth resigned and fled to exile in
England and later to Italy, where he
died in 1894.

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Third inmate suspected
in local jailbreak

A third inmate is suspected of being
involved in the escape of two other in-
mates from the Washtenaw County Jail
late Tuesday night, jail officials said
Eighteen-year-old James Ivan of
Tecumseh, Michigan, was charged with
"helping an attempted jail escape,"
according to Washtenaw County Sheriff
Thomas Minick. The two inmates who
succeeded in the escape, Kelly Cross
and Danny Hopkins, were apprehended
by county officials Wednesday.
Raymond Zakrzewski said Ivan helped

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Cross and Hopkins escape by steadying
a ping-pong table being used by the pair
as a prop to scale the 14-foot jail wall.
According to Zakrzewski, Ivan was
planning to follow Hopkins and Cross
over the wall, but because a jail officer
came upon the scene, the inmate
decided not to attempt an escape.
The jail is located at 2201 Hogback
Rd., about mid-way between Ann Arbor
and Ypsilanti.
Also, Washtenaw County detectives
are questioning the occupant of- an
apartment in Ypsilant becausethe may
have provided Cross with a place to
stay following his escape.
said an investigation is being conducted
to determine if Cross was knowingly
harbored in an apartment at 2150 Nan-
cy St. If enough evidence can be
gathered, the occupant will be charged
with harboring a fugitive, Orsinger
Orsinger also said Cross apparently
had been at the Ypsilanti residence sin-
ce shortly after his escape Tuesday
Minick said the apartment occupant
was Cross's friend. "I'm perfectly con-
fident that the (the occupant) knew he
(Cross) was an escapee," said Minick.
"We are seeking a warrant against
MINICK SAID he is seeking a
warrant to prosecute Ivan for aiding in
the escape of the two inmates. If con-
victed, Ivan would face a maximum
one-year sentence for the
Minick said Ivan contends "he was
coerced into helping them (Hopkins and
Cross) escape. His intentions were the
same as theirs."
Zakrzewski said the locks that were
broken by the inmates on two steel
doors at the jail are being
"(The locks are being made) com-
patible to the size of the door (30 inches
by 80 inches) Jo meet, its .resistance
' regiqrerne'nis,''saidakitovki.'.'

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