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Page 6-Wednesday, November 3, 1982-The Michigan Daily

Regents Powers, Roach
exuected to be re-electe




Although most of the vote results will
not be known until late today,
Democratic incumbents Sarah Power
and Thomas Roach appeared last night
to be strolling to an easy victory in their
bids for second terms as University
Regents. 4
With26 percent of the results in, the
pair netted about 70 percent of the local
vote. Statewide results were not
tabulated as of 2 a.m. today.
Roach called the expected win a
"great victory, great team victory."
The two made strong showings
among Washtenaw County voters.
Power had received more than 35 per-
cent of the vote with Roach trailing
slightly at 31 percent. The two
Republican challengers, Rockwell
Gust and Ellen Templin did not fare so
well. Templin trailed almost 200 points
behind Power with 15 percent of the
vote and Gust brought up the rear with
a 14 percent tally inthe county vote.
ROACH stated that there will be no
dramatic changes in the way he will

'We have to generate more resources
ourselves and have to make the
legislature understand that they have
more responsibility for higher
education than they've shown.'
-Sarah Power,
incumbent regent

approach his probable second term but
said he expects constant re-evaluation,
especially in the process of reviewing
University programs for cuts. Roach
expects a continuation of current
University policies.,"It's tough; nobody
likes to do that, but it has to be done,"
he said.
Power also does not foresee any
drastic changes in her expected second
term as University Regent. She does,
however, call for more intense lobbying
in Lansing by the Regents on behalf of
the University.
"We have to generate more resources
ourselves and have to make the

legislature understand that they have
more responsibility for higher
education than they've shown," she
said at the James Blanchard election
party in Southfield.
"We have to be more assertive with
what is recognized as a jewel right here
in our own back yard," she said.
ALTHOUGH the Republicans ap-
parently were unsuccessful in their bid
for the Regents' seats, Templin said she
felt "good" about the experience. She
admits she is "rather disappointed"
about the outcome of the election but
has not given up hope of becoming a

Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
Incumbent Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline) speaks with supporters at a
Democratic victory party in Southfield last night. Roach seems the certain
winner in his bid for a second term as a University Regent.


ya vote? Did


Only 30% of students did

Popular thought says that today's
students are growing more and more
apathetic and less and less liberal. In
yesterday's elections, the first theory
held true while the second didn't.
Students stayed away from the polls
in droves, unlike other voters across
Washtenaw County. But most of those
who voted followed the rest of the state
in voting primarily for Democrats.'
AT MOST campus area precincts,
fewer than 30 percent of registered
voters showed up at the polls yesterday
.a marked contrast to the 1980
presidential election, when students
had to wait in long lines to cast their
Across Washtenaw County, an
estimated 50 percent of voters cast
Democrats James Blanchard,
Donald Riegle, and Lana Pollack all did
< well in student districts, carrying most
by margins greater than 2-1. But in the
race for the Second U.S. Congressional
District, early results showed students
favoring incumbent Republican Carl
Pursell by a slight mrgin.
STUDENTS WHO ;supported Blan-
chard in the governor's race said their

votes were aimed more at defeating his
conservative opponent Richard
Headlee than at putting the Democrat
they considered uninspiring into office.
One recent University graduate
described his choice of Blanchard as
"the lesser of two evils."
Headlee's recent disparaging
remarks about the Equal Rights
Amendment and the women's
movement hurt him badly among those
students who previously were un-
decided about the governor's race.
CAROL MUTH, voting in her first
election, said she was "very much of-
fended" by Headlee's remarks.
"Before then," 'Muth said, "I was un-
committed. But after that statement, I
was livid. I couldn't believe he would
alienate such a large part of the
Joe Opich, a recent University
graduate voting at East Quad, said he
opposed Headlee for his "pro-business,
anti-ERA stands."
Support for the nuclear freeze and in-
terest in public utility proposals shared
the honors with students' dislike for
Headlee in bringing them to the polls.
STUDENTS overwhelmingly suppor-
ted the call for a freeze on nuclear

weapons, and some said it was that
issue alone that brought them out to
vote. Others said that Proposal D-in-
tended to tighten regulation of public
utilities-was a major issue, but there
was less agreement on where students
stood on the issue. A survey of most
student precincts showed Proposal D
winning by about a 3-2 margin.
In the Regents race, support for in-
cumbent Democrats Sarah Power and
Thomas Roach mirrored their margins
of victory across the state. But again,
students said they were somewhat
disappointed with the selection they
had. "I didn't vote for (Roach and
Power) because they were all that
great, but the views of the others are
pretty far-fetched," said John Bacon,
after casting his vote at the Michigan
County Clerk Robert Harrison noted
that students typically turn out in
smaller numbers than voters in the rest
of the county, but that the 30 percent
figure among students was even lower
than he expected.
Workers at campus precincts showed
more optimism about the turnout.
Those who worked two years ago said
they appreciated the smaller lines.

Regent in the future. "I think I'll
probably run in two years," she said.
Gracious in defeat, she complimen-
ted her Democratic opponents for
their records. "They're two good, solid
incumbents," she said. "They've both
done a fine job as Regents."
Gust was not available for comment.
Both Power and Roach said they are
pleased with the apparent election o
the new Democratic governor. "Blan-
chard is firmly on record supporting
higher education in the state's
economic revival," said Power.
Collectively, the third party can-
didates for Regents garnered less than
3 percent of the total local vote. Liber-
tarians Louis Goldberg and Alan Kur-
czynski each received 88 percent of the
vote. American Independent Party
candidates Anthony Giamanco and
Geraldine Santucci received ap-
proximately half of that figure with
Santucci netting 52 percent and
Giamanco trailing slightly with 41 per-
student '
loses bid
for county
Although vote totals were not com-
plete late last night Republican Karl
Edelmann appeared to have lost his bid
to become the first student member of
the Washtenaw County Commission
since the early'seventies. With 26 per-
cent of the vote in, Edelmann was
losing by a margin of about three to one
to incumbent Catherine McLacry.
"I thought I'd do a little better, but
that's life," said Edelmann, chairman
of the Michigan College Republicans
and third year Inteflex student. "I went
into the race knowing the chances were
minimal at best, and hoped to get 30 to
35 percent of the vote, but it looks like
only 20 to 25 percent."
Edelmann ran on a platform
promising to hold the line on taxes and
cut the county commissioners salary in
half. He also called for more in-4
tegration among University and county
That platform was not enough to un-
seat Democrat McClary, an eight-year
veteran on the commission and its
current chairperson. McClary said
before the race tht Edelmann would
have a tough time in the newly reappor-
tioned 9th Commission District, which
includes most of the University area,
In spite of his defeat, Edelmann sai4
he would remain politically active and
suggested he might try for a seat on the
Michigan Student Assembly at some
future date. He said he had no plans to
try again for a commission spot in the
1984 elections because he would be busy
in medical school.
Edelmann also said he remained op-
timistic about any future bids he might
make for political office, remember he
said, "Lincoln lost 16 elections before
he won the presidency."

Daily Photo by WENDY GOULD
Playing an active role in the democratic process, student Brian Shurgin puts
in his vote. The election official is Grace Johnson.
term in House

Bullard easily wins 6th

-Perry Bullard rolled to an easy victory last
night, winning a sixth term in the state House of
Representatives. Bullard faced no Republican
challengers and was opposed only by Libertarian
Jeffrey Quick.
Bullard's victory leaves him as chairman of
the House Judiciary Committee, one of the most
powerful committees in the state legislature.
Bullard had made an earlier attempt at gaining
a seat in the U.S. Congress in the second district,
but pulled out of the race months before the
primary when the redrawing of Michigan's

congressional districts left him in a distinctly
conservative district.
VOTE TOTALS were not completely tallied
late last night, but the latest polls showed him an
overwhelming victor, with the Libertarian gar-
nering only about 5 percent of the vote. "There
has to be some protest vote," Bullard said. Quick
could not be reached for comment.
Bullard attributed his lack of Republican op-
position to a "demoralized" Republican party.
"Reagan has devastated the state of Michigan
with Reaganomics," he said. Bullard also men-
tioned his own local popularity as a factor,

saying Republicans who may have thought of
running may have decided he was "too strong"
in light of his past landslide victories.
Because of the redistricting which left the
second district too conservative to allow liberal
Bullard a chance at the U.S. House and the ex-
pected long-term success of Michigan
Democratic Senators Donald Riegle, who han-
dily won re-election last night, and Carl Levin,
Bullard said he has given up his ambition for
national elected office.
As for upcoming action in the state legislature,
Bullard said one of the most important issues

may involve another executive order from the
governor to make cuts in the state budget. "I'd
expect it (the cut) to be around $100 to $150
million." Asked if that may involve major cuts
from the state's allotment to the University,
Bullard said, "Higher education will have to take
their share."
Bullard said he wasn't sure when the order to
slash will come, but suggested Gov. Milliken
may put off such an order until Governor-elect
James Blanchard takes office in January.
"They'll have to get together and decide who will
take the heat," he said.

Ballot results

Riegle beats Ruppe,

Yes on freeze
The nuclear freeze proposal was
predicted to win by a wide margin,
although it was only winning 52 to 48
percent with 16 percent of the vote
counted last night. The freeze proposal
calls for the Michigan legislature to
send a letter to President Reagan
urging an end to further testing and use
of nuclear weapons.
The proposal, which was faced little
organized opposition in the state, also
recommends transferring the money
spent on nuclear weapons to civilian
use. With 6 percent of the vote in, 76
percent of Washtenaw County voters
favored the proposal, after nuclear
freeze workers spent election day han-
ding out leaflets urging a vote for the
Similar freeze proposals were on the
ballots of eight other states yesterday.

each time a utility company requested
a rate increase. The proposal, spon-
sored by such groups as Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan, would
have forced an end to the automatic ad-
justment clause, which allowed utility
companies to raise their rates to pay for
fuel costs. The proposal would have
allowed only one rate hike at a time.
Opponents of the proposal argued
that the restrictions in the proposal
would force utility companies to borrow
money to operate, and the interest on
these loans would be passed on to the
consumers in the form of greater rate
Yes on H
Proposal H, a more moderate version
of Proposal D, was winning 56 percent
to 44 percent, with 10 percent of the vote
counted. The proposal prohibits certain
automatic adjustment clauses, and

complishes the same thing as Proposal
D, but is less restrictive.

No on G
Proposal G, which would have made
the Public Service Commission a five-
member elected board, was losing 68 to
32 prcentlastnightwith 10 nt

No for state troopers the vote counted. Presently the
Proposal B appeared to be headed for mission is a three-member board ap-
certain defeat last night, with 76 per- pointed by the governor.
cent voting against it with 10 percent of Proposal G would have increased the
the votes counted. Proposal B, initiated board to five members, selected by par-
by the state trooper's union, would have ties in the primary, and voted on in the
put a Michigan Department of State general election as non-partisan can-
Police into the constitution, and forced didates.l
the state to maintain a requisite The Michigan AFL-CIO, and Voters
number of policemen. To reach that for Responsible Regulations led the op-
level, however, the state would have position to the proposal which they said
had to hire 114 troopers, and any changes would make the commission too
in the state police system would have political.
had to come through changes in the
VnX - A '


retains Sena
(Continued from Page 1)
watching the projections by television
stations, sprang to life as the re-elected
senator approached the podium for his
victory speech. He was interrupted of-
ten by applause.
"TONIGHT, together, we have won a
major victory, and it appears the
Democratic Party is sweeping a major
victory in Michigan," Riegle said at
about 10:30 p.m. He congratulated
gubernatorial candidate James Blan-
chard on his apparent victory. (See
story, Page 1).
"Our victory tonight means this
Senate seat remains in the hands of the
people, and that means all the people.
The Riegle votes have told me we want
a change in the nation's economic
policies that will put the nation back to
Ruppe, however, denied that national
economic policy had a bearing on the
election. "This is not a backlash to
Reaganomics," Ruppe said in his con-

te seat
THE RACE FOR the Senate was seen
as "neck and neck until the unem-
ployment figures were released (late
last month), only then did the gap4
widen," said Mary Mead, press
secretary for Phillip Ruppe.
The economy was the big issue for
both candidates but Ruppe supporters
seemed to agree that Ruppe was at a
disadvantage for several reasons.
"The late primary made it a tough
uphill battle," Mead said.
Patrick Pereira, a part-time com-
puter programmer for the Ruppe cam-
paign, said another reason for Ruppe'
loss was, - the public didn't get the full
picture. How could they when they
couldn't understand the economy?"
HE ALSO felt that UAW support for
Riegle was "ignorant of the economic
problems and that they (UAW) did
members a diservice (by endorsing
Riegle). "
At a press conference after his
speech, Riegle said he would continue
his battle against economic and social
policies of the Reagan administration. *


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