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Puge 6 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 31, 1986
GElectkrn '86


Pollack shoots
second term
n state Senate

Apley aims to
cut the size of


One of Lana Pollack's biggest
alcomplishients in her first term
s senator representing the 18th
)istrict in Lansing has been just
- being a senator. Only one
r woman is now sitting among
t "38 senators in the Michigan
That, however, is just one of the
acgomplishments the 44-year-old
) mocrat is proud of. One bill on
wjPich Pollack worked provided $26
million for an energy assistance
prgram for welfare recipients. She
ato says she "almost single-
handedly" restored $3.2 million to
tlhjc Research Excellence Fund,
mey meant for the state's four
main research universities.
Pollack supports the
Ufhiyersity's right to maintain its
autonomy from the state on most
issues, and said government
iivolvement almost "ruined" the
Tc'as and California systems. She
said she "liked the results but not
the methods" of Gov. James
B tchard's threat to veto the
U versity's appropriations from

the state if the Board of Regents
raised in-state tuition over the
inflation rate last summer.
Pollack supports the BEST Plan
as a way for people to guarantee
they will be able to afford the
tuition at one of the state's public
universities in the future. Critics
say the plan is too vague to work.
She does not support a student
regent on the Board of Regents. "I
have a certain amount of skepticism
about having guaranteed seats on
boards," Pollack said, adding that a
student can run for a seat just like
anyone else. She added, however,
she sees some advantages in having
a student on the board.
One main difference between
Pollack and her challenger, Dale
Apley is their views on abortion.
"The right to reproductive
freedom is a constitutionally
established right," Pollack said,
adding that she believes all women
should have access to abortions if
they want them. Apley is "pro-
choice," but he opposes state-funded
Pollack opposes capital

... supports 'U' autonomy
punishment, calling it "ethically
reprehensible." She said it would
cost more to put someone through
the appeals process than to just jail
someone. Only the governor can
commute life sentences, and
Pollack said Blanchard does not do
The environment is an issue of
major concern to Pollack, and she
favors stricter regulations to force
'businesses to be responsible for
their wastes. She does not want to
throw polluters in jail, but said, "If
a person, entity, or corporation is
found guilty of causing pollution,
they should be liable to clean it
Pollack said some kind of
solution is necessary now because
"if we wait for the perfect answer,
we'll sink in our own slime."

The Republican candidate for
Ann Arbor's state Senator has
unofficially adopted as a campaign
motto "the government that gov-
erns best governs least." Dale Ap -
ley has frequently stated his
opposition to creating more govern-
ment agencies, which has been sug -
gested several times this fall as a
solution to a variety of problems.
A lifelong Ann Arbor resident,
the 25-year-old Apley declared his
candidacy for the 18th District state
Senate seat last June. He was asked
by the Republican Party to run after
two potential candidates declined to
run. Apley won a plurality of the
Republican primary vote in August
and with it the chance to challenge
incumbent Sen. Lana Pollack.
As the administrative assistant
for Sen. Nick Smith (R-Addison),
Apley learned how the Senate and
Pollack worked. He describes her an
"ineffective" and "uncooperative"
legislator earlier in the campaign,
but has since tempered his attacks.
Apley believes in the Univer-
sity's right to have autonomy from

the state, and said the regents
should have a "freer hand" when
making decisions. He would prefer
that decisions be made at the local
level - or, in the University's
case, at the regental level.
Apley is undecided on the issue
of a student regent on the board, but
he supports setting up an advisory
board consisting of students.
Apley's stance on abortion has
two parts: He is pro-choice, but he
favors developing a repayment
program for women who receive
Medicaid-funded abortions. He said
the women could work for the state
or repay in installments.
Apley's stand on capital pun-
ishment also differs from his
opponent's. He said he would use
capital punishment as a last resort
after all appeals have been ex-
He is unsure of the BEST Plan,
which was devised to allow parents
to invest with the state for future

... challenges incumbent

use on their children's college
tuition. Apley worries that some
people will end up subsidizing
others by paying into the fund, and
he has questioned accessibility to it.
Apley said he would accept the plan
if it were run by individuals and
banks instead of the state.
As a former Boy Scout, Eagle
Scout, and backpacking instructor'
in New Mexico, Apley has long
been a lover of the outdoors. A
toxic waste disposal program is one
of his top priorities, and he would
like to form a joint state-business
corporation to do the clean-up: He
also wants to create a volunteer
patrol force to help conservation
officers in state parks.


ep. Bullard seeks re-election

Holtz hopes for election upset

)Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) has been in office for 14
yars, and has done some
Vqntroversial things. He was
ecently attacked by Republican
--lallenger Vic Holtz for showing
Deep Throat at a fundraiser in
t 74 , and. for participating in an
AMn. Arbor "Hash Bash" on the
Diag to celebrate Ann Arbor's $5
fie for ma ijuana possession in
the early 1970s.
Bullard, however, also has has
a serious side, and often comes to'
campus to publicize controversial
issues such as a woman's right to
have an abortion, the need for
.'divestment from companies which
-o business in South Africa, and
the importance of appointing a
student to the University's Board
of Regents.
He favors continuing Medicaid-
funded abortions for welfare
recipients, and would like to create
birth control and sex education
relies on
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4 the Nicaraguan Contras.
Besides opposing Pursell's sup -
S for U.S. aid to the Contras,
r is also against the Reagan ad -
stration's military buildup,
wih Pursell has supported. Baker
is particularly opposed to the MX
missile and the "Star Wars" "de -
fense" plan. Baker argues that
though Pursell is running as an op -
nt of the federal budget deficit,
rsell voted for both the tax
and increased military spend -
which together caused the
- ive deficit."
order to broaden his base of
ort, Baker has begun empha -
g other issues-Social Secur -
plant closings, and environ -
al issues, for example-which
alto voters outside Ann Arbor.
t-1 as sent canvassers door-to-door
t uqmm up support for his candi -
k-er feels that Pursell's votes
hc pending cuts are fundamentally

classes in schools. "Short of
celibacy and abstinence, preg-
nancies will occur," he said, add-
ing that no birth control method
is foolproof.
Bullard's ties to the University
go back a long way. He received
his law degree from the University
Law School in 1970.
He has worked with members
of the Michigan Student Assem-
bly on writing a Student Bill of
Rights, which would protect stu-
dents if a code of non-academic
conduct were passed by the Uni-
versity. The bill is pending in the
Bullard also supports appoint-
ing a student to the Board of
Regents, the University's govern-
ing body. Bullard said the add-
ition of a student regent would be
a way to "create a real democracy"
at the University.
Bullard realizes the importance
of the University being autono-
mous from the state, but he says

there have to be limits to its in-
dependence. He has said a level of
autonomy is necessary to avoid
political interference in teaching
and to allow alternative ideas and
opinions the chance to be heard.
He criticizes the University for
suing the state over state-ordered
divestment of South Africa-related
stocks, saying he is "disappointed
with the University for challen-
ging constitutionally-defined auto-
nomy." He also criticized the re-
gents for having an ."abysmal"
record on apartheid, and said they
just want to attract funding for the
Bullard regrets tuition in-
creases, and says both in-staters
and lower-income out-of-staters
are being "priced out" of the
University. The cause of this, he
says, is that "there just aren't
enough revenues to do everything
we want to do."

Republican Vic Holtz says his
job as a mechanical engineer gives
him a fresh perspective on many
state issues, especially the
environment and technology and
Holtz, who is challenging
incumbent State Rep; P rry
Bullard for the Ann Arbor House
seat, portrays himself as a family
candidate. He has five children and
has lived in Ann Arbor for nine
One of Holtz's main concerns
is fighting drug abuse. Having
two children in a local high
school, he says, makes him
especially concerned about the
problem. When he worked at the
Ann Arbor homeless shelter,
Holtz says, he saw "people with
Ph.D.s burnt out by drugs."
Holtz pledges to increase
funding for drug rehabilitation
programs and to stiffen jail pen-
alties for drug dealers. He. has

accused Bullard of trying to
"liberalize" drug laws.
Holtz also says he would
support the University in Lansing
if he is elected for 53rd district
He says he is concerned about
rising tuition, and says Democrats
have been able to keep in-state
tuition down only by raising
tuition for out-of-staters and rais-
ing mandatory student fees. In the
past 10 years, according to Holtz,
Michigan has dropped from 16th
to 34th in the level of funding it
provides for higher education.
Holtz has called the disparity
between tuition increases and state
funding increases a "crime." The
most important use for increased
funding, he says, would be to
maintain modern equipment and
Holtz, a Roman Catholic,
opposes abortion and says he
opened his home to three unwed
mothers. Bullard, on the other

hand,, supports a woman's right to
an abortion.
Holtz opposes capital pun-
ishment, but said, "If someone
killed one of my children, I don't
know how I'd react." Holtz added
that he does not believe execution
would be an effective deterrent to
Holtz is also concerned about
the environment. He was born
and raised in Monroe, Mich.,
which is on the shore of Lake
Erie. He sees clean water as
vitally important to the state.
Holtz worked for the Bechtel
Corp. and helped develop a
program to reduce sulfur emis-
sions from burning coal. As an
engineer, Holtz sees current con-
servation efforts as "short-
sighted." He said that because we
have the technology, we should
not have to go back to "candles
and lanterns."


Pursell hopes to

keep I
(Continued from Page1)

louse seat


before the 1982 election which
made the district more conservative.
His primary concern now, he
says, is how to reduce the nation's
budget deficit. Pursell's support of
the Gramm-Rudman budget-bal-
ancing law, which would cut spend-
ing equally for both the military
and social services, is indicative of
his pragmatism.
One way in which Pursell has
campaigned for a balanced budget is
as a member of the "Group of 92,"
a group of Congressmen who
developed a budget proposal which
Pursell claims would have balanced
the budget in five years. Much of
this budget was incorporated into
the1985 federal budget which
eventually passed.
The emphasis which Pursell
places on a balanced budget has
generated criticism that he has voted
for proposals which make deep cuts
in programs such as social security
and student loans. In both 'cases
Pursell's aides have defended the
cuts as part of ominbus spending
bills which were necessary to reduce
the deficit.
Pursell's most widely criticized

'Daniel Ortega has
made no bones about
getting all his military
aid from the Soviet
-Rep. Carl Pursell


U.S. aggression against a popularly
supported regime.
Pursell does not believe that,
most students oppose him despite,
the protests against his Contra
vote. He argues that "students are
more concerned about economic
Pursell's centrist reputation re-
sults from his support of South Af-
rican sanctions, the ERA, and the
nuclear freeze.

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