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Page Twelve


Friday, May 19, 1972

Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, May 19, 1972


The August 8th Congressional primary, rather than the November election, will probably deter-
mine the identity of the next Congressman from this district.
While everyone was understandably involved with the Presidential primary, the 2nd Congres-
sional District-of which Ann Arbor is a key part-was significantly altered. By removing Re-
publican farm land and replacing ,it with Livonia, a Democratic suburb in Wayne County, re-
districting has left Republican Marvin Esch in sserious trouble.
The new district is a Democratic district and the winner of the August 8th primary will prob-
ably defeat Esch in November. The district is the political handiwork of Marvin Stempian (D-
Livonia), floor leader of the state House, who eagerly wants to run for Congress. Aligned with
all the established political forces in the state, Stempian, for instance, led the fight AGAINST
abortion reform in Lansing.
Luckily Stempian is not the only contender in the primary. Walter Shapiro has been running a
serious campaign for Congress since he declared his candidacy in mid-March.
Unlike Stempian, Shapiro is neither a politician, nor a friend of the established order. Instead
he is a 25-year-old graduate student and former DAILY editor who has been on this campus
since 1965.
But he knows Congress, knows what's wrong with it and is willing to raise hell to change it. He
spent a year covering Congress for CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY, a Washington news agency,
and spent last summer helping the Nader organization set up their own investigation of Capitol
Walter Shapiro is trying to run a campaign which proves that experience and issues-not who
you know and how much you are prepared to spend-actually win elections. While not running
an exclusively student campaign, Walter Shapiro is trying to give the 60,000 college students in
this Congressional district some representation in Washington.
Like George McGovern, Walter Shapiro is running on issues like immediate withdrawal from
Southeast Asia, drastic cuts in the military budget, and a massive overhaul of our entire tax
But he is also willing to speak out on issues which the pollsters say no politician should touch.
Issues like abortion, drugs and busing.
Walter Shapiro favors abolitionof drug laws--and all other victimless crime statutes. Walter
Shapiro supports national legislation to legalize abortion. Walter Shapiro will defend busing -
even in Livonia where George Wallace got 62 percent of the vote.
All the political textbooks say that a campaign like this is hopeless. All the pros say you can't win
without money and organizational support.
Your apathy will prove them right. But with your support in the months ahead we can pull off
one hell of an upset. Call us at 665-3788 or mail us this coupon.
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(313) 665-3788
* I realize that volunteers and hundreds of small contributions are the

only way to beat established politicians.
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