Page 10-Wednesday, November 5, 1980-The Michigan Daily
County government officials
fight close races to bitter end
Minick still sheriff;
prosecutor race close
With 42 percent of the Washtenaw County vote in,
incumbents for the offices of county clerk and
register of deeds looked like projected winners.
With punchcard ballots from Ypsilanti still being
counted, county clerk Robert Harrison had garnered
53 percent of the vote over challenger Rose Marie
Register of Deeds Patricia Hardy had 52 percent of
the votes tallied in the race against Democrat Angie
Jones Veigel. Hardy, 58, has served as register of
deeds for 26 years. Veigel, 52, is a former Deputy
County Clerk who has been operating a public,
Democrat Doris Case was a few percentage points
ahead of County Treasurer Micheal Stimson for the
post he was appointed to last May. Case has worked
in the treasurer's office for 25 years and has said she
plans to improve communication between the office
and the public.
In the vote for Drain Commissioner, James Murray
captured 54 percent of the vote over Republican
Murray, 34, is a former energy coordinator for
Four of five incumbent Washtenaw County com-
missioners in Ann Arbor districts retained their seats
on the board last night.
In the 13th District Raymond Shoultz easily
defeated incumbent Republican Wendall Allen to
regain the position he had held for six years before
losing the last election. Allen, a former membr of the
Ann Arbor City Council, is employed in the Univer-
sity Office of Affirmative Action.
Meri Lou Murray, with 60 percent of the vote,
staved off Republican challengr Gerald Vernigan in
the 9th district.
In the 10th District Democrat Thomas Burnham
garnered 54 percent of the vote to defeat challenger
Gerald Rees with 42percent of the vote counted.
In the race for the 11th District seat Richard
Walterhouse, a civil engineer, defeated Democrat
Gregoy Scott, a past president of the Graduate Em-
ployees Organization at the University. Walterhouse
hs been on the board for 12 years.I
University Law Prof. Donald Duquette won the 12th
district seat over David Foulke, the head of Univer-
sity housing security. Duquette, 33, directs a child
advocacy law clinic.
In the other two county commission seats represen-
ting parts of Ann Arbor-the 14th and 15th distric-
ts-Gerald Faye and Catherine McClary ran unop-
This story was written by City Editor Patricia
Hagen with reports from Debi Davis and
While incumbent Washtenaw
County Sheriff Tom Minick easily
retained his job, the race for county
prosecutor between incumbent
William Delhey and Democrat
Elizabeth Schwartz was close with
the challenger edging ahead at press
With 42 percent of the vote in,
Schwartz had 50.52 percent of the
vote to Delhey's 49.48 percent.
Results from Ypsilanti were not yet
At a Democratic campaign party
at Thano's Restaurant last night,
Schwartz said she had "expected it
to be close."
SCHWARTZ, a 1973 graduate of
the University Law School who
works in the State Appellate Defen-
ders Office as a deputy defender,
hadattacked Delhey's record during
Schwartz said she decided to
challenge Delhey when she "became
familiar with his record." She said
the state appellate courts have
chastized the county prosecutor's of-
fice on several occasions.
BUT DELHEY, who has held the
post since 1964, is\proud of the con-
viction record compiled by his of-
fice. He said his staff prosecutes
more than 1,000 cases a year with a
91 percent conviction rate.
Meanwhile, Republican Minick
won a second term as sheriff, cap-
turing 67 percent of the Vote in the
race against Democrat Lushin
Salyer with 42 percent of the vote
counted at press time.
Minick, 40, has been the
Washtenaw County Sheriff for three-
and-one-half years. He was a com-
manding officer with the Ann Arbor
Police Department for 15 years and
an investigator on the force for
Why Carter lost
His record was his downfall
vote, and he lost the blue-collar vote. He
barely won among union.members and
Jewish voters-nearly one in five cast
their ballots for independent John B.
Two-thirds of the nation's voters
rated Carter's performance overall
only fair or poor and more than three-
fourths of those who felt that way voted
One measure of Carter's un-
popularity is the response to the
question asking voters to give one or
two reasons why they voted as they did.
Two-thirds of the Reagan voters said
they voted for the Republican because
Carter is doing a bad job as president;
nearly as many said it simply is time
for a change in Washington.
ANOTHER FACET of Carter's
problems was clear in the defections
among voters who supported him four
years ago. Yesterday, the president got
the votes of barely half of those people
who voted for him in 1976. More than
two in five cast their ballots for
On the issues, Carter fared almost as
More voters mentioned inflation as
the reason for their vote than any other
topic. Voters who felt that way suppor-
ted Reagan by more than 3-to-1 over the
LOOKING AT it another way, two of
every three voters said the president
should be able to control inflation.
Those voters went to Reagan 2-to-1.
The second most important issue, the
voters said, is strengthening America's
position in the world. Voters who men-
tioned that issue supported Reagan
By a 3-to-2 margin, voters disap-
proved of Carter's handling of the
hostage crisis in Iran. Four of five o4
those who disapproved cast their vote
EVEN ON unemployment, a
traditionally Democratic issue, Carter
fared badly. Among voters who saw
that as their most important concern,
he was barely ahead of Reagan.
Carter's problems showed up in how
some traditionally Democratic groups
For example, Reagan split th
Jewish voters in New York with Carter,
a strong showing for a GOP candidate.
In Ohio, Reagan split the blue-collar
vote with Carter and in Pennsylvania
the GOP candidate carried the group.
The blue-collar workers who supported
Reagan were worried about inflation
and defense matters.
Among Carter's minority supporters,
the key issue was reducing unem-
ployment. But like other Carter suppor-
ters, they said they voted for the
president because they feared thad
Reagan doesn't understand the nation's
complex problems and might get the
country into war.
In both New York and Texas, Carter
took more than three-quarters of the
Hispanic voters, and he did better than
that among black voters in Michigan,
Ohio and other large states.
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