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Thursday, June 20, 1974,

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Thursday, June 20, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

Commissioner Foik runs again

Esch up for re-election

Kathleen Fojtik, Democratic
Washtenaw County commis-
sioner in the -14th District
since 1972, is seeking re-elec-
tion. This is her statement of
candidacy:
One of the major reasons I
seek re-election to the board of
commissioners is my desire to
follow 'through on the new pro-
grams which have been initiated
within the last two years by the
first Democratically controlled
board is the history= of Washte-
naw County.
The programs initiated in-
clude: 1) expanded services
through the Health Department
with the opening of the first
Veneral Disease Clinic, and
screening clinics for children on
public assistance; 2) the rehabi-
litation programs in the jail and
especially the Medical Care Pro-
gram which has been heralded
as one of the nation's few; 3)
the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Bus
System which needs expansion;
4) a county-wide bike path net-
work which is currently in the fi-
nancing stages; 5) a solid waste
energy retrieval system which is
being planned with the Univer-

sity; 6) new rehabilitative cor-
rectional facilities which are vot-
er approved, 7) an elected.coun-
ty officer position in county gov-
ernment organization, and 8)
expansion and continuation of
the policy of open govern-
ment" where all meetings are
open with established agendas,
and where public hearings are
held on all major issues.
THESE ARE examples of pro-
grams started since 1972 which
require hard working, honest,
independent, and progressive
commissioners who will not ,tol-
erate "politics as usual", but
wil work with the community to
bring to fruition these programs
and others. I would like to con-
tinue to be one of those hard
working commissioners.
In the last two years, as an ad-
vocate for quality health care
for all, both physical -and men-
tal, I organized the first county
Health Planning Committee com-
prised of a majoriy of citizen
consumers, and was elected
chairperson of that committee. I
was appointed to the National
Association of Counties Health
and Education Steering Commit-

Public defender
seeks judgeship

tee becoming the first woman
and the first Washtenaw County
Commissioners to serve nation-
ally.
As a member of a five-person
National Health Insurance Task
Force, I have worked vigorously
in support of a National Health
Insurance Program with com-
prehensive coverage for all as
a matter of right, not income.
I was instrumental in the
planning of the Eastern County
Human Services Center and the
county's first Affirmative Ac-
tion Plan to achieve equal op-
portunity in employment for
all. I also chaired hearings on
the state of public health in the
county, insisted that there be
citizen input into the hiring of
new directors for the Health
Department and the Department
of Social Services, and opposed
the relocation of the so-called
"community hospital" away
from the center of population.
AS WELL as seeing to com-
pletion many of the programs
listed above, there is a need to
implement many additional pro-
grams in the next few years.
My future goals in the area of
health care not only require the
implementation of a National
Health Insurance Plan, but also
require the establishment of a
county wide Health Mainten-
ance Organization and neighbor-
hood Health Care Centers which
will provide "walk-in, call-in"
information, education, a n d
counseling.
The emergency telephone
number 911 needs to be intro-
duced, as does ambulance serv-
ice without cost to the patient.
County social service programs
need to be more adequately fund-
ed, and I propose the creation
of a youth commission, a youth
planner, and a human services
planner to add focus, coordina-
tion, and direction to existing
programs for youth and others
in need.
In short, an era of progressive
reforms have been started by
the current board, and these re-
forms need to be continued and
seen to completion. I have pre-
pared detailed issue papers on
these proposals and others for
those interested
f ~gasg

Incumbent Congressman
Marvin Esch (R-Mich.) has
announced his intention to
seek re-election in the 2nd
Congressional District.
Since 1967 I have represented
the citizens of Michigan's Se-
cond Congressional District.
These have been both challeng-
ing and frustrating years. Yet
it is in the belief that they have
been years of accomplishment
legislatively and in terms of
making government responsive
to individual and community
needs that I am seeking re-elec-
tion.
Too often today the individual
citizen feels helpless in the face
of increasing government in-
volvement in decisions that af-
fect one's daily life. They feel
that their government is distant
from them. One of my prime
goals since taking office has
been to bridge that gap - to
bring government closer to our
people.
Through our town meetings,
through office hours, through
meetings with groups and con-
cerned individuals, I have tried
to make a difference - to listen
to my constituents and to re-
spond actively. A major em-
phasis of my office has been to
service individual citizens in
their relationships with the gov-
ernment, to cut red tape, and to
resolve misunderstandings.
CITIZENS throughout the
country want a Congress that

will act rather than talk or
criticize. The crisis of credi-
bility in government goes far
beyond "Watergate" - it per-
meates Congres itself. Needed
progress anid respnsible change
in our country hais been imped-
ed in nman areas because we
have a Coingress made up of
outnmded leadership, outmoded
procedures a n d Democratic
chairmanship of key commit-
tees.
It is essential that the next
Congress be made up of thought-
ful, analytical members who
will render an independent judg-
ment on the issues and not be
anyone's "rubber stamp". We
must develop a Congress un-
shackled by narrow partisan-
ship, willing to move ahead
with practical solutions to our
country's problems, be they in-
flation, environment, education
or energy.
These are goals which are not
well served by candidates or
public officials promising more
than they can deliver. Indeed,
in the 94th Congress we will
need more than promises.
FOR MY part this will not be
a campaign of rhetoric or an
attack on personalities. It is my
intention as it has been since
holding public office to be open
and accessible to all citizens and
groups, and during the cam-
paign to debate and discuss the
issues fully and freely.

Washtenaw County P u b i c
Defender George Alexander is
seeking election to the new
15th District Judgeship re-
cently authorized by the state
legislature. This is his state-
ment: -
The Michigan legislature has
taken a decisive step to reduce
the overcrowded conditions in
Ann Arbor's district courts. This
new position was badly needed,
however, the addition of a third
judge in itself does not guar-
antee that the problems caused
by the large caseload will be
solved or alleviated.
The efficient and fair opera-
tion of our courts depends upon
the individuals involved.
AMONG THE many problems
created by our crowded courts
is an increased cost to all tax-
payers. The hours spent waiting
for a case to be heard is a frus-
trating inconvenience to the in-
dividual who finds himself in a
courtroom situation, whether it
be as a -juror, witness, litigant,
defendant, police officer, attorn-
ey or complainant., These prob-
lems, among others, result in a
loss of respect for our judicial
system.
The recommended budget for
the 15th District Court for the
year 1974-75 was $389,000. This.
does not include the cost of a

new court. The administration
of that budget will determine in
a large measure the efficiency
of the court, yet this must be
coupled with the ability to pro-
vide an impartial and just re-
solution of all matters brought
before the court for citizens
from all walks of life.
All of our citizens have a right
to be accorded fair, prompt,
and courteous treatment no mat-
ter what the reason or purpose
for their contact with the judi-
cial system. Respect for t h e
court and our judicial system
perhaps is more important
today than ever before but this
respect will deteriorate or be
lacking unless the courts earn
that respect with honest, im-
partial and efficient operation.
I HAVE served as Washtenaw
county Public Defender since
the inception of this office in
1971. I have practiced in our
courts both as a private at-
torney and as a Public Defend-
er.
I believe that the person elect-
ed to the new judgeship must be
able to provide the fundamental
framework and the essential
basis for all of our citizens to
have an honest respect for our
courts. If elected I pledge to do
everything within my ability to
provide this basis.

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