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Our Aug. 8 primary endorsements

Helen Forsyth for
state representative
IN THE CROWDED five-person Democratic race for state repre-
sentative, Helen Forsyth has clearly demonstrated that she is
the best candidate.
At first glance, the state rep race appears to include a well-
advertised frontrunner, Perry Bullard, and four unknown liberals,
allparroting the same left-of-center views on the war, minority rights,
drug use, heath care, tax reform, and the shape of state govern-
But the frontrunner leaves much to be desired and Forsyth's
words and actions stand out among the other four.
F RSYTH has said that she "may sometimes forget to keep re-
peating things that the other four candidates repeat," but in a
town overcrowded with leftish liberals, her concentration on the
specifies of women's issues and problems is a refreshing change.
Several of the other persons running have labeled Forsyth a
"one-isue candidate" concerned only with the "limited scope" of
women's issues. Forsyth responds convincingly that women's issues
include health care, abortion, all the various apects of-employment
and job discrimination, inadequacies and unfairness in property,
criminal, and family laws, and protection of minority rights.
Forsythe says there are only seven women in the 148-person
State Legislature; there is a desperate need for a qualified female
representation in state government.
AND UNLIKE the other candidates, Forsyth's record of action
speaks more loudly for her candidacy than her words. In a
controversial test case this year, she became the first woman life-
time member of the Michigan Union; she was also an instrumental
force in the creation of the University's Commission on Women.
A senior law student, she is presently fighting to get more women
teachers into the Law School, where presently there' are no women
above the instructor level,
It is high time that the people of Ann Arbor send a candidate
to Lansing who has the enthusiasm, the commitment, and the zeal to
act in their interest.
Helen Forsyth is that candidate.
Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in all reprints.
SATURDAY, AUG. 5, 1972 'News Phone: 764-0552
The sheriff race
oF ALL THE primary fights, one has managed to surpass all
others in its ugliness.
None of the weeks of name-calling, invective and frequent lies
has done anything to the credit of any of the candidates. Indeed,
one might be excused for thinking the race to be one between seven
very aggressive police dogs in heat.
The race to be Washtenaw County's Sheriff is pretty much
of a foregone conclusion. Democratic hopeful Fred Postill seems
certain to win his party's nod - despite a vigorous campaign against
him by the Rainbow People's Party - and undersheriff Harold Ow-
ings also seems sure to gain the Republican nomination over mini-
mial opposition.
MEANWHILE, SheriffDouglas Harvey lies in wait on the side-
lines, a candidate for the job on George Wallace's American Inde-
pendent Party ticket.
Beneath the violent rhetoric, the headlines, the denials, the
bumper-sticker sloganeering, lies little in the way of hope for the
people of this county.
Postill still pays lip-service to the oppressive laws that send
people outside of liberated Ann Arbor to jail for possession of mari-
He says rehabilitation of offenders has nothing to do with the
sheriff's department, he has no conception of a sheriff's depart-
ment which could serve the people, stand up for their rights and fight
bigger criminals such as those who pollute our water and air and
those whose massive criminal activities never seem to result in an
A FORMER deputy, Postill has few administrative qualifications
to run the sheriff's office other than that he was a member of
Harvey's band of goons.
Owings, who has labored faithfully under Harvey for five years,
has little to recommend him. There exists the strong suspicion that
he entered the race only to serve as a stalking horse for Harvey.
Harold Moon, the Rainbow choice, is a bail bondsman who makes
his living by exploiting people who go to jail. He has yet to show
he has a clue on how to run the Sheriff's Department.
We urge voters to abstain from voting in the primary race for

Washtenaw County Sheriff.
The endorsements on this page represent the majority
view of the summer staff of The Daily. These endorsements
are for the August 8 primary election only, and should not be
regarded as applying to the November general election. This
must be noted in all reprints.
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helen Forsyth

Walter Shapiro for
U.S. congressman
A FEW MONTHS ago Walter Shapiro launched his congressional
campaign with little money, little staff and, to put it mildly,
bleak prospects. A virtual stranger to the Democratic party and
local politics, "Walter Who?" was launching a campaign which
the "smart money" people viewed as a futile joke.
Today Shapiro is still broke, but through frenetic campaigning
and a substantial volunteer organization he has manager to field
a credible campaign establishing himself as the primary's leading
We are endorsing Shapiro because he has come as far as he
has, not by waffling on issues and presenting a slick image but
by forthrightly presenting his views.
They are not views that are particularly popular outside Ann
Arbor. Shapiro is a proponent of cross district busing, free and legal
abortion, legalization of non-addicting drugs, and even sharper cuts
in defense spending than those proposed by George McGovern.
SHAPIRO WOULD bring to his job more experience with the Con-
gressional process than any of his opponents. He has worked as a
reporter for the Congressional Quarterly and assisted Ralph Nader
in setting up his current massive investigation of Capitol Hill.
He also knows Ann Arbor and in particular the student com-
munity. Since arriving here as a student in 1965, Shapiro has writ-
ten extensively for The Daily and most recently was assistant
director of the Pilot Program. This experience puts him in a
position to understand student views which is unique in this
crowded primary field.
THE GENERALLY acknowledged front runner in this race is
Marvin Stempien-majority floor leader of the state senate. Stemp-
ien's opposition to abortion reform and racial integration through
busing, and his appallingly bad record on civil liberties and women's
issues make him unacceptable to those truly interested in progres-
sive change.
The other contender, who is from this area,,.is William Brown.
Although Brown's platform is deceivingly close to Shapiro's, he has
little else to recommend him outside his alleged ties with the Mc-
Govern campaign - ties which he has deliberately exaggerated
to attract the senator's supporters to his campaign. We fell his dis-
honesty has made him unacceptable as well.

Walter Shapiro

Conlin, Lax for Circuit Court

INTEGRITY IS what ulti-
inately distinguishes a fair judge
from one who has a hand in
everybody's back pocket.
Patrick Conlin and Jerold Lax
have demonstrated integrity and
fairness in their respective local
government positions.
On August 8, the first step in
the important county Circuit
Court race will -reliminate one
candidate from the present
field of five. Two votes can be
cast in the primary.
The Circuit Court hears fel-
ony and important civil cases
for the county in addition to the
new group action ecology and
consumer laws.
youngest candidates have back-
grounds and views compatable
with progressive jurisprudence.

Conlin, son of retiring Circuit
Court Judge John Conlin, is
currently a District Judge in
Washtenaw County. He has in-
stituted bail-bonding reform in
his own court and pledges to
carry the program into Circuit
Court. He believes in avoiding
prison gentences in all cases
where it is legally possible, and
backs that stand up in court.
JEROLD LAX, currently is
head City Attorney for Ann Ar-
bor. He has consistently demon-
strated an aggressive and hard
working attitude. He is one of
the most open and credible per-
sons in City Hall.
Lax is the only candidate sup-
porting proposals to eliminate
private bondsmen, an important
issue considering 25 per cent of
county jail inmates are incar-

cerated because they can not
afford bond. Finally, he has con-
sistently supported liberalization
of marijuana laws, even when it
wasn't the most popular thing to
Conlin and Lax stand out
from a dismal field of candi-
dates. The other three can-
didates in the Circuit Court,
Judges Sandorf Elden and Ed-
ward Deake and Attorney
Shirley Burgoyne refuse to de-
clare clearly their positions on
issues crucial to student needs.
On questions ranging from vie-
timless crime laws to bail-
bonding reform, these candidates
have attempted to sidestep
rather than give their opinions.
WE URGE A vote for Conlin
and Lax in the hopes of seeing
student-minded judges in the
county's Circuit Court.

Tuesday's primary
Republican William It. Young, Ann Arbor
Candidates Democratic
Robert P. Griffin, Traverse City Cand ate
tnd District Frank J. Kelley, Lansing
52nd District William H. Brown, Ann Arbor
Raymtnd J. Smith, Ann Arbor Mathew J. Kehoe, Lambertvile
53rd Distriet Fredericti J. Schwall, Ypsilanti
Michael J. Renner, Ann Arbor Walter Shapiro, Ann Arbor
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Marvin R. Stempien, Livonia
William F. Delhey, Saline Bily L. Turner, Ypsilanti
Ronald B Adams, Ann Artrnd District
Carl Koch, Dexter Robert E Dwyer, Plymouth
Harold J. Owings, Chelsea Perrry liard, Ann Artir
Willianm H. Stander, Denier PeryinuCarisd, Ann Arbor
COUNTY CLERKMarin CarsonAnnAArbor
Robert M. Harrison, Saline Ieter C. Esten, Ann Arbor
Frederick D Singer, Ann Artor lelen Jean Forsyth, Ann Arbor
COUNT TREAURER Leonard M. Soloman, Ann Arbor
stile I, Gonano, Ann Arbor
yttete A, Lenaonar r MilaGeorge Wahr Salilade, Ann Arbor
Sylvester A. Leonard, MilanCUTYHEFF
Patricia Newkirk Hardy, Ann Arbor Richard W. Hoan, Ypsianti
DRAIN COMMISSIONER Farold Lk Moan, Ann Arbor
Thomas L. Haighe, Ann Arbor Frederick J. Postill, Ann Arbor
Murray J. Knowles, Jr., Ann Arbor
Wendell O. Mason, Ann Arbor ta
Clarence F. Sheldon, Ypsilanti Today's Saf ..
Riehard A. Wanly, Sailer
Ralph A, Warry, Ann Arbor News: Lorin Labardee, A
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Editorial Page: Carla Ror
st-icet 14
Lefty B, Wickliffe, Ann Arbor Photo Technician: Jim \

Duke L. Armstrong, Ypsilanti
ilary E. L. Goddard, Ypsilanti
Alvin A. Kushner
Jeromte K,.PFulton, Ann Arbor
District 14
Kathleen Marie Fojti, Ann Arbor
Carroll Mc~adden, Ann Arboi
Dtistrict 15
Robert Roitllinger, Ann Arbor
Elizabeth Taylor, Ann Arbor
Shirley J. Rurgoyne, Ann Arbor
Patrick J. Conlin, Ypsilanti
Edward D.,eake, Ann Arbor
S. J. Elden, Ann Arbor
Jerold D. E. Lax, Ann Arbor
Francis L. O'Brien, Ann Arbor
Pieter G. V. Thomassen, Ann Arbor

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