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Page 2-Friday, June 16, 1978-The Michigan Daily
The Dem. governor
By JUDY RAKOWSKY Milliken appointee to the Public Service
Many observers seem ready to lump Commission (PSC) to gain. attention.
together all of the Democrats who are Johannes Spreen has a long record of
after the governorship, predicting law enforcement work, including a beat
another easy victory for William on the New York Police Department.
Milliken. The candidates, however, are Despite repeated attempts, Spreen
quick to point out that the race will be could not be reached for comment.
different than those Milliken has faced Bill Ralls (Detroit), a reserved 35-
in the past. year-old seems to deviate from the
The five Democrats, three of whom stereotypical political animal. Previous.
are in their thirties, seeking Milliken's to his six-year term on the PSC, he ser-
seat agree: it's time for change after ved on the insurance commission and
sixteen years of Republican rule, that worked for State Senate majority
Milliken has mismanaged major leader Sander Levin. He is a Harvard
problems that have arisen during his law graduate. Ralls admits that he has
nine-year-term of office. focused his campaign on attacks again-
st Milliken and that considers himself AV
to be the candidate, "Milliken would
least like to run against." Ralls claims s
to be an independent Democrat whose
judgments "transcend caucuses."
Ralls stresses that he is not a career or
professional politician, and that Ra
therefore he has a better chance of
beating Milliken than anyone who Zolton Ferency
comes from the legislature. criminal justice pr
BILL FITZGERALD, a year older State University's
than Ralls, and a bit more aggressive, made several unsu
has served two terms in the State House gain the governor'
as majority leader. Fitzgerald is the Human Right
currently serving a term in the State Party tickets. He1
Senate, where he sits on the Committee public service reco
of Transportation, Commerce, and has Executive Secreta
chaired the Select -Committee on Swann, Democr
Energy. He has served on the National Detroit Relocation
Ferency Energy Task Force. Prior to his public Director of Workm
life he taught school in Detroit after at- JOHANNES SPR
ALl FIVE candidates have a great tending Western Michigan College and experienced in]
deal of experience in public office Detroit College of Law. Spreen served on1
ranging from law-making to law enfor- Patrick McCollough, who is also 36, is police force until 19
cement. Two state senators: William serving his second term. The energetic inspecor; two terI
Fitzgerald (Detroit), and Patrick Mc- candidate chairs the Senate Finance missioner in Deti
Collough (Dearborn) are expounding Committee, and claims that he has had Oakland County fro
their legislative backgrounds in hopes a perfect attendance record until this attended and later
of being catapulted to Lansing. Zolton year. McCollough taught school for University, and th
Ferency stresses his seasoned ex- seven years prior to embarking on his structor at Mercy+
perience wi.- publi administration political career. McCollough received the National Acad
and law enforcement instruction. Bill an award for the best environmentally- cement, as well as
Ralls relies on his background as a conscious legislator. and was elected tot
of lr Ui

candidates

factors and compounding effects on the
PBB catastrophe. McCollough and Fit-
zgerald said contaminated farmlands
and pastures should be abandoned to
prevent further damage to public
health and recontamination. Ferency
said this should only be done as a last
resort. Ralls, Fitzgerald and Mc-
Collough further denounced Milliken's
alleged cover-up of the PBB disaster
and his refusal to demand action from
involved department heads.
"THEY TOOK the course of walking
away from the problem, and it was
compounded again and again," Ralls
said. He added that Milliken knew of
the potential hazards from their begin-
nings in the summer of '74, but failed to
act.
"Milliken is more concerned with
smiling problems away and visiting
them each election year. The problems
in Michigan are not too difficult to be
addressed cosmetically," Fitzgerald
said.
Concerning the Mio pit for depositing
contaminated cow carcasses Mc-
Collough said, "That crumbly clay
won't even hold water, let alone PBB."
He added that the animals should be
burned to avoid further dangers to

ls
is a middle-aged
ofessor at Michigan
law school, who has
ccessful attempts to
s seat in the pat on
ts and Democratic
boasts an extensive
rd including posts as
ry to Governor John
atic State Chairman,
Director and state
an's Compensation.
BEEN, 57, is a man
law enforcement.
the New York City
41, when he retire as
ms as Police Com-
roi; and sheriff of
om '72 to '76. He first
taught at New York
en served as an in-
College. He headed
emy of Law Enfor-
the state academy,
two terms as sheriff
dates interviewed
that Gov. Milliken
PBB situation.
he low-interest loan
tated farmers in '75
ing assaults from the
delayed action or
en as contributing

r

l wish
Eve would
"i u h ,' beck
from SAM'S
-
r }
y~0
. ,fi

or Oa ana County.
All four candit
predictably agreed
mishandled the
Milliken's veto of t
bill for PBB devast
has received scathi
candidates.
Each one cited
inaction by Millik

Fitzgerald
public health. All of the candidates
called for a coordinated policy on PBB
and promised to compensate the far-
mers for their losses.
McCollough and Ferency said the
wrongdoers should be sued for the ex-
tensive damages the accident caused.
Fitzgerald pointed out that the com-
panies have already exhausted their in-
surance provisions. The farmers, he
said, should be compensated out of the
general fund for the losses which
resulted from no fault of their own.
McCOLLOUGH CITED the PBB
poisoning as the worst case of its kind in
the world and proposed the toxic sub-
stances bill to "take the politics out of
it."
Each candidate said a board should be
formed to prevent similar future
disasters, keeping a close watch on
chemical companies. All of the can-
didates expressed dismay at the farm
bureau's alleged avoidance of the
problem.
Ralls, McCollough and Ferency all
condemned the state's threatened
See A ROUNDUP, Page 8
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Volume LXXXVIII, No. 32
Friday, June 16, 1978
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