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Tuesday, July 30, 1974


Page Threes

Five Dems vie for Congressional
nomination in 2nd district primary

By all accounts, it's a monotonous
race. Even the candidates admit that it
takes a "cosmic form of ESP" to tell
them apart.
When they debate, there are few issues
to clash over. A tacit agreement not to
attack each other but to concentrate on
the incumbent narrows any personal
rivalry there might have been. At one
debate, things were going so smoothly
that one candidate took to affirming
what the others had said with a dry
DESPITE THE apparent calm, the
question of which of the four candidates,
Marj Lansing, John Reuther, Ron Egnor,
Ed Pierce or Theo Williams is finally
chosen as the Second District Demo-
cratic candidate for Congress is a crucial
one. For the first time in years "Demo-

crats are talking seriously about cap-
turing the office they lost to Marvin
Esch in 1966.
The addition of predominately Demo-
cratic Livonia to the district in 1970 was
the first indicator that things were
looking up. And with Watergate in the
air the district is up for grabs.
BUT EVEN WITH Watergate, each of
the candidates acknowledges that Marvin
Esch is going to to a hard candidate to
beat. And each is claiming he or she can
do it.
Marj Lansing is a professor of political
science at Eastern Michigan University
and often refers jokingly to her profes-
sion. At one debate recently, she began
by acknowledging the ten minute time
limit, but admitted that her years of
teaching had "geared her more to the

50 minute bracket. and proceeded to
run over time.
SHE SPEAKS authoritatively on poli-
tics and refers to books by Schlessinger
and Galbraith for emphasis.
Sometimes, she sidesteps the issues.
"Where busing works, I'm for it," she
said recently during an hour long inter-
view. "Where it doesn't, I'm not."
She can be aggressive when attacking
the issues. "I have taken the toughest
stand on economic issues, which I view
as the major issue facing the second
district. I have called for a rollback of
fuel prices and reorganization of the oil
industry. I have called for a tax cut to
offset the effects of inflation.
"MY SUPPORTERS believe that I am
the candidate that can beat Marvin
Esch," she said when asked what made
her candidacy different from the others.

"I'm a proven vote getter. I know the
But as tough as she may be, she's
often not as informed as she could be,
"This country should assure the indepen-
dence of Israel, but there must be ac-
commodation by all countries. I favor
taking the problem to the U.N.," she
said during the interview, but on the
question of aid to Mideastern nations,
Lansing replied, "I don't know," adding
that she hadn't really thought about it.
If Lansing is the professor, Dr. Ed
Pierce is the idealist. A graduate of the
University Medical School, he has spent
five years running a low-cost medical
center in the city. lie says his campaign
is based on "putting an end to poverty
in this country, and changing the foreign
policy of this nation."
See FIVE, Page 8

City Council
OK's stricter
handbill law

Informal talk
Cyprus Ambassador Zenon Rossides, left, talks informally with Ar
Dennis Carayannis of Greece prior to last night's United Natioi
Security Council meeting in New York. Carayannis told the council
desire for a U.N. troop withdrawal was a stumbling block at the Ge
vention on Cyprus which recessed yesterday without agreement.
Bullard, Taylor deb(
legislative effectiven

City Council last night amended an
ordinance to place more stringent con-
trots on the hosting of handbills.
Approved 7-3 after a brief debate, the
new law will prohibit the affixing of no-
tires to refuse containers, fences, park-
ing meters, traffic signs and poles, trees
and hydrants,
COUNCII Republicans, who supported
the measure, cited the excessive number
of leaflets and handbills plastered to the
trash cans in the campus area
Councilwoman Kathy Kozachenko
(Hit' Second Ward), however, attempt-
ed to amend the ordinance to exclude
utility poles and refuse containers be-
cause 'this is one of the few ways peo-
ple who don't have money can commu-
AP Photo nicate."-
Councilwomen Carol Jones (D-Second
uibassador Ward) and Colleen McGee (D-First
ns (U.N.) Ward) also objected to the ordinance be-
Turkey's cause it would further restrict communi-
-neva con- cation between people who often cannot
afford to pay for advertising.
The amended law, however, does pro-
te vide for exceptions to the rule when s
3t thorized by council.
IN OTHER action, City Council failed
to pass, by a 5-5 vote, a resolution di-
e recting'the city attorney to negotiate an
out-of-court settlement with Larry Schil-
haneck, a member of Residents Against
ot "dealing Packard Platt Plaza (RAP 3) who has
ms she has filed suit against the city for allegedly
tpearheaded bypassing the proper procedures when
nt of young approving the site plan for the plaza
last January.
e budget is Six votes are needed to pass a resolu-
I as a pro- tion.
"knows the .
nd is thus Council went into executive session for
e reform in half an hour to discuss Schilhaneck's
charges and their legal implications be-
nile justice fore defeating the measure,
worst in the According to Schilhaneck and three
is "is some- other members of RAP 3 who addressed
cial worker council, the city neglected proper legal
ts me as a procedures by not holding a public hear-
ing on the revised site plan for the shop-
rred during ping plaza and by not requiring the plaza
ty Commis- developers to pay a $60 filing fee.
med herself
d that Tay- COUNCIL Republicans, who accounted
in her cur- for all five votes against the resolution,
that Taylor believe that if the city bypassed the
!' regular procedures when approving the

site plan, then the issue should be de-
cided in court.
"This is not something that Should he
settled by the Democrats and Rtepiblh-
cans," said Councilman tager flrtoia
(f-Third Ward).
Councilwoian Jones, however, felt
that it was important to make a deci-
sion ol the issue hecatte "if we're not
in campliatnce with tbec lw, we have no
haatess issuimg bilding iertits
requests report
on $5 pot law
aSome 250 dope smokers congregated
in Ypsilanti yesterday to watch city
council pass two resolutions in connec-
tion with the local $5 marijuana law.
'hfe city's pot ordinance was rated
invalid by a 14th D~istrict Court Judge
three weeks ago prompting the smoke-
in and resolutions.
IN RESPONSE to the ruling council
moved last night to direct:
-the city attorney to report on legal
measures the city may take to chal-
lenge the judge's ruling; and
-the city manager to come belfore
:ouncil before prosecuiting any viotatiot
of marijuana laws.
Judge Thomas Shea made the ruling,
declaring the city's $5 fine for posses-
sion of marijuana, approved by voters
in last April's election, unconstitutional.
Shea contended the local ordinance
conflicted with state law which makes
possession of marijuana a felony and
violated the state constitution by at-
tempting to direct court operations.
YPSILANTI'S marijuana ordinance,
like Ann Arbor's city charter amend-
ment, makes dope possession punishable

A debate yesterday between state Rep-
resentative Perry Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor) and his primary opponent Eliza-
beth Taylor centered on the incumbent's
legislative record and effectiveness.
In his opening statement, incumbent
Bullard asserted that in his two years
of office he has tried to "clearly articu-
late a new set of priorities for the State
of Michigan" in order to establish a
more liberal consciousness among his
more conservative colleagues in Lansing.
HE HAS proposed some 70 bills, only
one of which has been put into law, but
said this seemingly poor track record is
the "cost of being involved in many
areas of reform."
Challenger Taylor, currently a Wash-
tenaw County commissioner, said she
believes Bullard's representation is sup-'
erficial and inadequate," and the public
"can and should expect a better record
than that."

She accused Bullard of n
with complexities" and clai
a specific list of priorities s
by welfare and the treatmei
TAYLOR said the welfare
the largest in the state and
fessional social worker she
system from the inside" a
equipped to deal with welfar
a realistic perspective.
She also claimed the juve
system in Michigan is "the%
nation" and that this problem
thing that affects me as a so
and is something that offec
foster parent.
A moment of tension occu
the debate when fellow Coun
sioner Cathy Fojtik proclai
a Bullard supporter and sai
for has "not been effective"
rent position. Fojtik claimed
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