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14 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 9, 1994
Democrats take 4 of 5 wards in City Council election

Daily Staff Reporters
Bucking a national trend that saw Repub-
licans swept into office in unprecedented num-
bers, Ann Arbor Demo-
crats strengthened their:
control of City Council.
The party won in each
of the wards where it t
fielded a candidate.
1st Ward
Democrat Tobi Hanna- ,
Davies staved off a chal- Y
lenge from independent
Andrew Wright, winning Hanna-Davies
her second term on coun-
cil. Hanna-Davies took 81 percent of the vote.
Wright was undaunted by his loss. The
LSA sophomore received 19 percent of the
"My goal was to get 20 percent city-wide
and I think I've done that," Wright asserted
early in the evening at the Washtenaw County

Republican Party celebration
Hanna-Davies said Wright's strong show-
ing in student precincts would not compel her
to reconsider student issues.
"I have always been an advocate for stu-
dents - right from the
beginning of my term on
council," she said.
2nd Ward
Republican incumbent
Jane Lumm took 87 per-.
cent of the vote to blast}
Libertarian Douglas C.
Friedman, a four-month
resident of Ann Arbor.-
Lumm, re-elected to her Lumm
second term, described her opponent as "rela-
tively unknown."
Friedman came to Ann Arbor from New
York City, where he headed the party.
"My line was the least interesting of the
city races," Lumm said after her landslide
victory. "We certainly have more of a propor-
tion of conservatives."

3rd Ward
Democrat Jean Carlberg trounced Repub-
lican Lee Pace in the race to replace retiring
Councilmember Ulrich Stoll. Carlberg, a re-
tired school teacher and Democratic Party
activist, had 62 percent of
the vote.
She attributed her vic-
tory to old-fashioned cam-
"We worked very hard
- harder than our oppo-
nent," Carlberg said. "Theu
other advantage is that I've
been doing this since
Unlike Pace, Carlberg Cariberg
faced a challenger in the June primary.
Carlberg won in every precinct of the
traditionally Democratic ward. Libertarian
Richard DeVarti finished with 6 percent of
the vote.
Pace, before leaving fellow Republicans
at the Sheraton, said, "My results don't look
good at all, but it is early yet."

4th Ward
Democrat Stephen Hartwell squeaked by
Republican Kathryn Renken, aided by a strong
student turnout in his favor.
Hartwell won just over 51 percent of the
vote in the nominally con-
servative ward, which is-
known for its fickle vot-
ing habits.
Renken, the most con-
servative candidate in this
year's city election, polled
strongly with voters in the
southern half of the ward,
but the student-populated
precincts backed Hartwell.H
Hartwell said he out- Hartwell
paced his opponent by 100 votes in the South
Quad polling site. He won the entire ward by
183 votes.
"I know I would have lost if not for the
student vote," Hartwell said. The Democrat
said his opponent's socially conservative
stances played poorly among students.
"She's from the religious right, really right

of right. That helped me, especially in student
5th Ward
Democrat Elizabeth Daley defeated Re-
publican Peg Eisenstodt in
the hardest-fought of
council campaigns.
Daley, asocial worker, E
garnered 58 percent of 4.
votes in the primarily
Democratic ward.
"Democrats believe in
their principles and they
want to elect someone who
shares those same prin-
ciples," Daley said. Daley
The race was marked by personal attacks
between the candidates, who criticized each
other on leadership and experience.
Eisenstodt noted the difficulty for a Re-
publican to win in the 5th Ward, where twice
as many voters are registered as Democrats
over Republicans. Eisenstodt said she will
continue her involvement in city politics.

Continued from page 1
"We've really got our work cut
out for us,"re-elected councilmember
Jane Lumm (R-2nd Ward) told
Sheldon as they embraced last night
at the Sheraton Hotel after hearing
the near-final results.
Lumm and Peter Fink, both 2nd
Ward Republicans, will join Mayor

Sheldon as the only non-Democrats
on the council.
Sheldon credited her re-election
to her record of service and moderate
political platform.
"I think that as a track record I
haven't marched lock-step with any
political parties," Sheldon said.
But most precincts in the 5th Ward,
among others, voted for Sheldon's
opponent, David Stead, who had the
lead in the early tallies. "Let's face it

- we are avery Democratifcommu-
nity," Sheldon said. "I knew it would
be a challenge when I won last year,
but I am thankful to the people of Ann
Arbor for having faith in me."
The mayor also asserted that the
student turnout at the midterm polls
helped her campaign, which she at-
tributed in part to an endorsement
from The Michigan Daily. "To be
very honest and blunt, what was the
student vote?" she asked upon view-
ing the tally.
Democratic Councilmember Tobi
Hanna-Davies, who was re-elected in
the 1st Ward over student Andrew
Wright, said Wright helped draw the
student vote for Sheldon.

"He turned out the student vote
for Ingrid in the most heavily student
precincts," Hanna-Davies said.
Sheldon said she will continue to
work to select a new police chief and
evaluating the city attorney's office.
City Attorney Elizabeth R. Schwartz
recently received a settlement from
the city after threatening to sue for
The mayor said she would con-
tinue to forge consensus with the
strengthened Democratic majority.
Stead, who served 18 months as a
City Council member from the 5th
Ward, accepted condolences from
supporters last night at Paesano's

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