The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 12, 1986 - Page 5
Women carry an edge in state
politics, says female
LANSING (AP)-The jump
from 14 to 20 women in the newly
elected Michigan House of Rep-
resentatives helps illustrate the new
edge some women candidates have
over men, a leading female legis-
State Rep. Debbie Stabenow
said Monday the improved showing
among the 52 women running in
110 state House races underscores a
new truth for political strategists-
when in doubt, pick a woman.
THE THEORY according to
the Lansing Democrat, works like
this: many women voters, unlike
men, tend to vote for a member of
their own sex when all other factors
are equal or they don't know either
"I think there's a very strong
sense across the state among
women, that we need more women
in public office," Stabenow said.
Things have changed a great
deal, Stabenow says, since the first
woman ran for county commis-
sioner in 1974 and was referred to
as "that young broad" by her
"WITH STATE boards or
judicial races where there are a lot
of names... the studies are
beginning to show.., the women
are more likely to win.
"Women have gone from being a
liability to a plus," Stabenow said.
The sex factor can be just strong
enough to tip an otherwise balan-
ced contest and helped at least four
women get elected in close House
races, Stabenow said.
It has also led both parties to
select women candidates when
trying to make a run for the open
seats or just to keep pace with with
the opposition. Stabenow cited as
an example, GOP gubernatorial
nominee William Lucas' selection
of state Rep. Colleen Engler (R-
Mount Pleasant) as his running
mate to balance his ticket against
the Democratic lineup featuring
Gov. James Blanchard and Lt. Gov.
IN FACT, last week's election
.results show that women defeated
men in all but one of the races
where candidates of the opposite sex
were divided by less than 3,000
The theory did not hold true
overall, however, with 13 cases of
female candidates defeating men and
25 cases where men defeated wo-
men, although most were races
pitting a first-time woman against a
veteran male incumbent.
Although House Speaker Gary
Owen (D-Ypsilanti) said he does
not believe sex is a determining
factor in close races, state Demo-
cratic Party Chairman Rick Wiener
said the theory has a lot of merit.
"I THINK in a tight race,
women candidates may have a
slight edge if she's a good candi-
date," Wiener said, adding: "That's
just my gut (feeling), I don't have
anything to substantiate that."
Overall, 20 of the 52 women
candidates were successful. With
seven races pitting women against
With their new found strength,'
the 14 Democratic and six;
Republican women elected are:
talking about forming a bi-partisan:
caucus to lend a louder voice to
women's issues and consolidate
their power in the lower chamber.
"It's something we supported in
the past, but never really had
enough for the numbers," said state
Rep. Shirley Johnson (R-Royal
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Delegates to Nicaragua
report need for supplies
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alphabet books, and they were very
old and tattered. I guess they're
making the most of what available
resources they have."
The delegates have already taken
some goods to Juigalpa, including
school supplies, medical supplies,
and clothing. "Somewhere in
Juigalpa, there's a lot of children
wearing Ann Arbor Art Fair
t-shirts," Chesbrough said.
According to the delegates,
however, their main concern is to
stop U.S support of the Contras.
The most important gift we can
bring our sister city is the one that
Ann Arbor voters requested last
April: an end to United States
government support of a war that is
destroying their homeland," said the
delegates in a prepared statement.
While most delegates said they
were opposed to U.S aid to the
Contras even before the trip,
Chesbrough, a former Republican
member of the Ann Arbor City
Council, said she went to Nicaragua
with an open mind. "What I saw
was a very small, poor country of 3
million people. It's like the United
States of America attacking Detroit.
The result is they have to divert
what little they have to the
Chesbrough said she left'
Nicaragua opposing the Contras,
who "offer nothing to the
A small Juigalpan delegation
may visit Ann Arbor this spring,
said Gregory Fox, a member of the
task force and one of the delegates.
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