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2 council incumbents run unopposed
Tobi Hanna-Davies (D-lst Ward) and Jean Carlberg
(D-3rd Wand)are not at all worried about the upcoming
City Council elections - both are running unopposed.
But neither councilmember is ready to take it easy
just because they've got the election in the bag.
"The campaign has not been any different for me,
except I can relax a little," Carlberg said. "I'm still
out every day knocking on doors and talking with
Hanna-Davies said she, too, was actively persuing
the opinions of her constituents as well as helping to
campaign for Democrat Chris Kolb's bid for mayor.
Hanna-Davies said that even though her ward has
the highest concentration of students, students today
are not as interested in city politics as they used to be.
Since the Department of Public Safety was created
independent of the Ann Arbor Police Department, stu-
dents have not been as directly influenced by the city.
"Ever since the University separated the two police
forces, students have not been very interested or
involved in city affairs anymore;'she said. "But things
like the condition of off-campus housing and parking
are still very key issues in students' eyes"
Carlberg said one of her most important goals for
her second term would be to expand community-ori-
"Students are expressing' a real need to be safe"'
Carlberg said. "Community-based policing is working
now in some areas of downtown and needs to be
expanded to other parts of the city."
Both candidates said a clean environment was
"Students, like everyone else, expect us to treat the
environment right and not to abuse the Earth that the
way people sometimes can," Hanna-Davies said.
Hanna-Davies said the property tax increase being
reviewed independently would have to have a student
exemption to keep from raising students' taxes.
"For renters, a lot of whom are students, I'm con-
cerned they will have to pay Ann Arbor's same high
rent without getting a break on property taxes because
they don't own the property," Hanna-Davies said. "If
the income tax increase does pass, we would have to
work to exempt students, or make the tax more pro-
gretsive based on income levels.'
Hanna Davies said that even though a higher
income tax may put students in an awkward position,
it is a good way to raise city revenues.
Hanna-Davies has been on council for four years
and is set to begin a third term. Carlberg has been a
councilmember for two years and will begin her sec-
ond term next month.
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"I don't think voters make up their
minds that way -sometimes it ends up
that it has a split-ticket effect and some-
times it doesn't;' Kingdon said.
When both parties officially left the
starting blocks after their national con-
ventions in August, they were already
declaring Michigan essential to victory.
"If Bob Dole carries Michigan, Bill
Clinton cannot be re-elected," Engler
said in Chicago during the Democratic
National Convention this summer.
As Republicans watch Dole's rating
in Michigan polls come in consistently
behind Clinton's, it is split-ticket voting
that many Republican candidates are
counting on to give them the support
Dole's coattail effect may not deliver.
Communication studies Prof.
Michael Traugott said candidates know
they can't count on straight-ticket vot-
ing because the country lacks "respon-
sible parties" who would receive uncon-
ditional support from their members.
"It's every man and woman for him-
self on election day," he said.
Experts have predicted that party
emphasis will shift from a lagging pres-
idential campaign to more winnable
"The real contest is going to be for
control of the House and Senate,"
While Dole supporters don't admit to
abandoning ship in the race for the White
House, they are quite vocal about exten-
sive - and expensive - efforts to retain
congressional seats snagged in '94, and
picking up a few more along the way.
"(Dole) says he's the underdog and
behind in the polls;" Barbour said.
"Winning control and keeping control of
legislative chambers is a key goal for us."
Dole and Clinton have kept Michigan
in sight throughout the campaign, not
letting a month slip by without a per-
sonal visit from at least one candidate
or spouse from the presidential ticket.
Yesterday's visit to Ypsilanti marked
Clinton's fourth visit to the state since his
official nomination in August, and Dole's
visit tomorrow will be the Republican
nominee's fifth time in the state.
"This is a battleground state and
we're going to be here a lot," Dole said.
"Michigan is changing. More and more
people are looking at the Republican
party here because we have ideas?'
Dole is hoping the conservative
Democrats will return to the Republican
party, and Clinton is making an effort to
convince them not to stray again from
their Democratic roots, Thrall said.
Clinton and Dole each have special
groups to court in the state, Traugott
said. The unionized section of the elec-
torate has lent support in name and con-
tributions to the Clinton campaign,
while western Michigan's "religious
right" looks to the Republicans.
Michigan's 21 electoral votes aren't
the only prize for the candidate who
takes the state. Its geographic position
as a leader in the Midwest trio of
Michigan, Ohio and Indiana and its role
as an economic model in the automotive
industry means the weight it throws can
impact voting trends beyond its borders.
Both candidates saw potential to gain
ground in the state, Traugott said.
An economic summit sponsored by
the Republican Governors' Association
brought Dole and running mate Jack
Kemp to Detroit last week, where they
and Republican governors from across
the nation touted their plan to cut taxes
15 percent, balance the budget and offer
families a $500-per-child tax break.
"We've done these things at the state
level - we know they work," said
Engler, RGA chair.
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By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
State Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann
Arbor) wants to continue representing
Michigan's 52nd District.
Schroer said her deep understanding
of community concerns is one of her
"I've been involved with the commu-
nity and the University for many years;'
She said issues related to the
University are most important to her.
"Education is the issue that I feel is
the premier issue and along with that
goes the cost of education," she said.
"I'm also very concerned with the
accessibility of student loans."
One key issue for the University is
the fate of the University Medical
Center. Schroer said the state should
help the University find the best
options that also protect the integrity of
the Medical School in the process.
"I think the state can play a very
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reponer
One man says he is running for state
House to protect the University.
University Engineering Prof. David
Felbeck, a Republican, is currently mak-
ing a bid for incumbent state Democrat
Rep. Mary Schroer's House seat.
"I unequivocally support the
University of Michigan;' Felbeck said.
"I have experience. I have maturity."
Felbeck said that if he is elected he
will ensure the University's interests are
protected in Lansing. He said a big part
of that protection means continuing the
election of the University Board of
Regents and making sure the state does
not move to a system in which the gov-
ernor would appoint the board.
Economic issues are also a key con-
cern, Felbeck said. He said he will con-
sistently work to reduce the size of state
government. Such a reduction will free
up money to "stimulate the economy
and fund education" Felbeck said.
He is against any government intru-
sion into "private choices," Felbeck
said. "Government should not get
involved in issues like abortion and sex-
ual preferences;' he said.
Felbeck said he can also relate per-
sonally to problems facing small busi-
iran t rote to .asosiseucsaton
and the research component" she said.
Her support of the Campus Sexual
Assault Package also demonstrates her
commitment to the Ann Arbor communi-
ty, Schroer said. Schroer has sponsored
two bills of the seven-bill package that
requires universities to assist female stu-
dents who have been sexually assaulted.
"We must take sexual assault very,
very seriously;" she said.
Her opponent, David Felbeck, has
charged Schroer with accepting special
interest money. Schroer denies the
"I'm honest," she said. "I would
claim that we are all special interests. If
you look at where I've gotten money,
there's no way I could appease all of
these people all of the time."
Schroer said she is an opponent of
special interests. "I want to to get rid of
super-(Political Action Committees);'
she said, saying that the PAC's flood
party caucuses with too much money.
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because she knows what its like o be a
working family. Her strong support of the
Family Medical Leave Act is one exam-
ple of herecommitment, Rivers said.
She said health care is another exam-
ple. Rivers said she has a strong voting
record on health care and has co-spon-
sored several bills that provide more
health care choices and coverage.
Rivers said she is also concerned
about economic issues. She said she
recognizes that national spending is too
high, but wants to make sure social pro-
grams are protected in the budget-bal-
Rivers said she supports the "coali-
tion" balanced-budget proposal that
"protects education and environmental
programs, reforms Medicaid and
Medicare in moderate, patient-friendly
ways and advances welfare reform that
People close to Rivers said she truly
understands working-class problems
because she has lived them.
"There's only one person in Congress
who used to sell Tupperware, who used
to manage a fast-food enterpnse, who
was a waitress," Levin said.
The first-term member of Congress
has drawn a lot of attention during her
term. Democrats said they love her;
Republicans said she's a liberal threat.
Rivers certainly has support from
other Democrats in Washington, and
even President Clinton has traveled to
Michigan several times in the last few
months to campaign with her.
In a speech in Ypsilanti yesterday,
President Clinton credited Rivers with
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He also supports reducing taxes, pro-
tecting the environment, and rebuilding
the infrastructure of roads, bridges and
municipal water systems.
His work experience will be a
tremendous asset in Lansing, Felbeck
said. "I've worked for a living," he said.
"I have a tremendous depth of experi-
ence in education"
Voters should know he is a smart
man with the ability to do the job,
Felbeck said. "People look for repre-
sentatives who are reasonably intelli-
gent, reasonably rational and reason-
ably honest. I have all that?"
Felbeck said he has one definite
advantage over his opponent- he's not
backed by any special interest money.
"I will go to Lansing unencumbered by
debts to special interests;' he said. "I
have not taken a penny of special inter-
est money and I will not?'