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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 3, 1982-Page 7




Freeze backers
celebrate win

.Smith for
state Senate

Democrat Lana Pollack breezed to
victory last night, easily beating
Republican Roy Smith for Michigan's
18th (Senate) District seat.
With about 12,000 votes yet to be
tallied, Pollack led late last night with
22,138 votes to Smith's 16,105.
"IT SEEMS AS if I've won," she said,
explaining that she did so by "sticking
to essential issues." She added that,
"the women's vote has to account for
* some factor."
Women's issues had played a key role
in the campaigning as well as the fact
that Pollack was attempting to break
into an all-male state senate.
While not officially conceding, Smith
admitted, "I don't think we're going to
make it."
Smith's wife Shirley said she was
very disappointed about the apparent
loss because "Lana's not. qualified."
She added that if women's issues hurt
her husband in the election, it was
because "She (Pollack) made it an
issue. She came out and said, 'Vote for
me because I'm a woman.'
WOMEN WERE geared up to vote,"
according to Pollack's campaign office
manager Mary Sansbury. She added
that women had found in Pollack, "a
candidate who was right on their issues
and ran an issue oriented campaign"
Pollack supporters at her victory
party at the Forbidden City restaurant
in Ann Arbor seemed confident from
the beginning.
Pollack's press secretary Mary
Schroer said that the student support
"played a big part in (winning) the
Republican areas." Pollack said she
campaigned very hard at Eastern
Michigan University and "it paid off."
President Greg Matis said the students
were "behind her 100 percent," adding
that she had "a good rapport with most
Ed Pierce, the current 18th district
state senator, was present at Pollack's
victory party and said, "I'm extremely
proud that Lana is going to be the
Senator from the 18th District." He ad-
ded, "It was a good year to be a
Democrat. It was a good year to be a

Pollack, who was Pierce's campaign
manager in 1978, said "this district
should offer the state a continuation of
the integrity, humanity, decency, and
intelligence that we had in Ed Pierce.
The more than 100 Smith supporters
who came to the Howard Johnson's in
Ypsilanti hoping to see their candidate
win, clapped heartily after learning
about thetvictory of U.S. House
Representative Carl Pursell (R-
Plymouth), but seemed extremely
disappointed as Smith's defeat became
Smith speculated that unemployment
in Ypsilanti may have been a
significant factor in his loss to a

Students and Ann Arbor residents who
worked on the local campaign for
Proposal E, calling for nuclear freeze,
last night celebrated its projected vic-
tory and success for similar measures
across the country.
"It's inspiring to see Americans have
this kind of perspective - that they feel
the responsibility to tell the president
what they want," said Jeff Masnari, a
member of Students for a Nuclear
Weapons Freeze.
"WINNING'S a great feeling, but
there's so much more to be done, said
Masnari, drinking a beer in front of the
election tuned TV at the group's victory
Steve Latta, an organizer in the
Washtenaw County campaign, was
keeping an eye on the television. "The
margin of victory is especially impor-
tant, since in this case we're sending a
message" rather than passing
legislation, Latta said. "Anything that
gets 60 percent is a landslide in
Michigan he said, nodding at network
predictions of 60 percent approval.
Indeed, Proposal E - basically the
same nuclear freeze referendum as
those presented on ballots yesterday in
states holding about 25 percent of the
nation's population - may seem only a
IT WILL require the Michigan state
government to send letters to the
secretary of defense, the president, the
secretary of state, and all congress
members, requesting an arms freeze
by Washington and Moscow by a
"mutually verifiable" treaty.
But its supporters say the proposal is
more than a mere suggesiton.
"It gives people something to focus

their anger on," said Will Hathaway of
Students for a Nuclear Weapons
Freeze. "The implication is obvious: If
candidates won't changle their stan-
ces, candidates who do agree with the
freeze will be elected."
Hathaway stressed that now is a
crucial time to act. For instance, he
said, it is vital to the freeze movement
that the deployment of new missiles -
such as the U.S. Cruise and MX - be
halted, because they can be hidden
from the Soviets. All missiles deployed
now can be kept track of, Hathaway
said, by advanced intelligence
FREEZE VOTES should influence
upcoming Congressional votes on ap-
propriations and budget bills, accor-
ding to Latta.
The campaign in Michigan has been
"a real grassroots campaign," Latta
The campaign in Michigan has been
"a real grassroots campaign," Latta
said. "Benefitting not from money but
from numbers of volunteers. "Local
groups made decisions. We did a lot of
going door to door. We didn't have
money, and we didn't use the mass
media, but we had people," he said.
Two student groups - the LSA
Student Government's Students for a
Nuclear Weapons Freeze and a
PIRGIM task force - worked together
on several freeze promotions, including
letter-writing to politicians, a benefit
concert, a tag day, and leafletting at the
Minnesota football game last weekend.
BUT THE local campaign has not
been without its problems. "I was sur-
prised at how many students act4aliy
strongly opposed the freeze," said
Hathaway of the campus group.


Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Democrat Lana Pollack (lower photo), the newly elected state representative, is congratulated by a campaign worker
after her victory over Republican Roy Smith (top photo).

INuclear arms freeze
passage seems likely
r1£ m1ui in ixcagan urgeu Americans
WASHINGTON (AP)- In the biggest to reject a nuclear weapons freeze. He
referendum in U.S. history, one voter in- said it would lock the United States into
four, cast ballots yesterday on a a position of military inferiority. The
proposal to try to end the superpowers' freeze campaign, he said, had been in-
arms race through a nuclear weapons spired by people "who want the
freeze. The proposal was winning ap- weakening of America."
proval in early returns from four states Defense Secretary Caspar Weil-
and several cities. berger said a freeze "would increase
With the voters in nine states and the danger of war."
about 30 other communities voting, the
plan-purely advisory-carried in THE ISSUE confronted voters in the
Washington, D.C. and was leading in states of California, Oregon, Arizona,
Rhode Island, Massachusetts and.New Montana, North Dakota, Michigan,
Jersey. New Jersey, Rhode Island and
EARLY returns showed the proposal Massachusetts; in the cities of Olyip-
winning approval by a 3-1 margin in pia, Wash., Denver; Chicagg,
Philadelphia and even better than that Milwaukee, Miami, Philadelphia, New
in populous Suffolk County, a New York Haven, Conn., Washington, D.C. and ,a
City suburb. dozen other places.
The Nuclear Weapons Freeze Cam-
paign clearinghouse in St. Louis said The wording varied, but the referen-
returns it gathered showed the dums had this in common: a call for.
proposition carried New Branford, immediate negotiations toward a
Torrington, Manchester and Wether- verifiable freeze in the production,
sfield, Conn. and was winning in New testing and deployment of nuclear
Haven, Conn. and Erie County, Pa. and weapons and the missiles, bombers and
narrowly in Kearney, Neb. submarine capable of launching them.
Public opinion polls this summer Paul Warnke, arms control
showed widespread support for the negotiator in the Carter administration
concept of a nuclear weapons freeze. and a freeze advocate, said that
But since then, the Reagan ad- favorable votes would compel the
ministration has campaigned Reagan administration "to get serious
vigorously against the idea. about arms control."
THE BALLOTING was purely ad- The proposal has been adopted by 276
visory and supporters expected the city councils, 12 state legislatures, 446
propositions to pass almost New England town meetings and fell
everywhere. That, they said, would two votes short last summer of winning
exert pressure on Congress and the endorsement by the House of Represen-
Reagan administration to push for an tatives.
arms accord with the Soviets.

First Dem
(Continued from Page 1)
BLANCHARD SAID he owed his vic-
tory to his strong base of support in
suburban Detroit, where he served for
four consecutive terms as
congressman. He also said the strength
and reputation of Martha Griffiths
helped him tremendously. "I am so
happy to have someone at my side like
Only a few miles away in Southfield's
Michigan Inn, Headlee supporters kept
,up the spirit, many admitted sadly that
the race had come to an end. Even
Headlee, when he made an early visit to
the hotel's ballroom, appeared to say
that it had been a good fight, but it was
all over.
"Regardless of how this election
comes out," the Farmington Hills
business man said, "this has been a
great experience: to hear a little bit of
the truth."

ocratic governor in 20 years

The ballroom packed full of Headlee
supporters cheered at every sentence
the Republican said, and he
acknowledged, their support by saying
"I love you."
POLLY BRENNAN, the wife of
Headlee's running mate Thoman Bren-
nan, then led the crowd in an en-
thusiastic cheer.
Despite network TV poles that
showed Blanchard pulling comfortably
ahead of the Republican candidate,
Headlee was very reluctant to admit
As late as 12:45 p.m., Headlee said he
still had aa chance.
The 40-year-old Blanchard will
become the state's 45th governor,
taking over the reigns of power from
Gov. William Milliken in January. His
administration's first objective, Blan-
chard said, is "to start tomorrow in

developing a transition team."
That transition, he said, will
represent a major shift in power.
THE PEOPLE OF Michigan owe
Gov. Milliken a great debt of gratitude
for his last 14 years of service."
Milliken called Blanchard early in
the evening to give the governor-elect
his best wisher.
"I believe," Blanchard said, "that
this is one of the toughest governors
jobs in the nation."
With 31 percent of the precincts coun-
ted, Headlee had a 524,340 or 50 percent
to 503,264 or 48 percent for Blanchard.
These results, however, were
deceiving, because almost every major
netwo'rk predicted a victory for Blan-
chard on the basis of exit polls. Exit
polls tabulate a sample of the vote
based on voter response upon leaving
the polling place.

ministrators seemed happy
with the Democratic victory,
especially in the face of Republican
promises of cutbacks to higher
education. "Blanchard is a product of
higher education and I think he's more
sensitive to public higher education
than the governor has been in years,"
said University Regent Thomas Roach,
who was re-elected to his seat yester-
"Jim appreciates the importance of
excellence," Roach said.
Vice President for State Relations
Richard Kennedy said he was not op-
timistic about the chances of there
being more money from the state to the
University. He said Blanchard would
probably review the state's entire
education system, cutting where


Pursell easily defeats Sallade for a fourth term

(Continued from Page 1)
AT JUST about midnight, both can-
didates acknowledged Pursell's victory
in speeches to campaign workers.
Results from the polls at that time
showed Pursell leading by a safe 60
k percent margin.
Inhis victory speech to supporters at
a Jackson hotel, Pursell said his
margin of support in his district was
growing each election. He
- acknowledged tht summer redistricting
which added rural areas to the west of
Ann Arbor to his district helped seal up
his victory.
"We think it was a stunning victory,"
' he told cheering supporters. "It looks
about 63 to 65 percent (of votes in his
favor), which is stunning for Michigan.
I was delighted with the great victory in
Jackson (which was just added to his
district this summer)."
"WE EVEN led Ann arbor," he said.
"I was well known in Ann Arbor, taking

because it presents two sides of an
issue," said Joanna Steinman, a'
Republican Party official in Jackson
County. "But we never really per-
ceived it as any real threat."
SALLADE conceded defeat at about
the same time Pursell was claiming
victory, even though most of the
district's precincts had yet to be tallied.
"The second district is now
together," Sallade told campaign
workers gathered at Ann Arbor's First
Unitarian Church, "so maybe someone
else - not me - can be elected from
this district in the future. I'be already
forgotten the '82 race; I'm lookinig
ahead to '84 to help elect someone
In an interview after his speech,
Sallade told the Daily that he lost
primarily because of his late start
campaigning last summer and because
Pursell clearly outspent him in the
HE SAID Pursell spent nearly

aaout the Democrats chances of win-
ning the district later.
"FOR THE rest of the decade (until
the next redistricting), the Democrats
in that district will be a sacrificial
lamb," said Sallade campaign worker
Dan Ezekiel.
Some Democrats even worried that
the redistricting might force Pursell,
who has a firm reocrd as a Republican
moderate to vote more conservatively.
"Pursell will have to move to the
right because he's vulnerable within his
own party," said Alan Jones, a local
Democratic Party leader.
State Rep. Perry Bullard, who gave
up a bid for the Democratic nomination
in the district last summer, said the
new district is more conservative than
"As we can see, Sallade is getting
trounced," he said last night. "They

still believe in creationism out there (in
the district's new outlying rural
Megan Widger a 16-year-old Bloom-
field Hills resident, worked for Ruppe
for the past two months because she
liked his views on women.
Ruppe campaign manager Matt
Wirgau denied that the race was an an-
ti-Reagan statement. "The race was a
referendum on the state of the
"I don't know if we should say it's an
outright repudiation, but I think it's a
cry at least from Michigan voters for a
change in economic policy, Riegle said.
This state has received some of the
worst of the Reagan plan and they know
that's it's not working. I think it's fairly
clear that people think there have to be
some changes made.

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