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Carl F.
Retired police

Lynn Nancy
Ann Arbor

Rivers running
for fourth term

3 candidates vie
for mayoral seat



By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter

University of Michigan Board of Regents

Open, Affordable Access
To A Quality Education
The University of Michigan is one of the
world's truly great universities, It has
always been, and must remain open, and
affordable to all. In my time on the Board,
we have worked to ensure that tuition
increases remain below the rate of
inflation and to nurture and grow a diverse
and non-discriminatory community."
Maintain the Economic
Strength of the University
"The economic strength and stability of
the University is our assurance of
continued success. As a result of prudent
management and forward thinking, we
recently received the first AAA bond rating
by a public university, have more than
quadrupled our endowment and have made
significant investments in research and
academic facilities."
Recruit & Retain the
Nation's Best Faculty
"The University's strength lies in our
superb faculty. To maintain the high
academic standards to which we've become
accustomed, we must ensure that we
continue to both recruit and retain the
best teachers."
Adapt to the Changing
World of Technology
"To remain competitive in today's rapidly
changing world, we must be willing to
invest in and develop the newest
technologies. That technology will enable
us to continue to serve students both
on our campuses and around the world
through online learning. In addition, we
will remain a leader in lfe sciences

. The fight to represent Michigan's
13th District in the U.S. House of
Representatives is between two candi-
dates with a vast amount of experience
under their belts.
Democrat Lynn Rivers of Ann Arbor
is running for her fourth term in
Congress, where she has served on the
budget and science committees.
Republican Carl Berry is a retired
Plymouth police chief and has complet-
ed several political stints on the local
level, including serving on the
Plymouth-Canton School Board.
The 13th District stretches from Ann
Arbor east into western Wayne County,
where Berry said he thinks he can pick
up significant support from Republican
voters. Admitting that the largely
Democratic Ann Arbor area is unlikely
to choose him over Rivers, Berry said he
primarily is running to raise the issues in
the minds of voters.
"There always needs to be competi-
tion out there so you can get a lot of
opinion as to what's going on," he said.
Rivers puts higher education within
her list of priorities of things she wants
to change.
"it is far too expensive," she said.
"Many students are living with a debt
load that's so great that they can't lead a
normal life after they graduate."
But Berry says he is happy with the
current system. "I don't see any prob-
lems with it," he said.
Sixty percent of a college student's
tuition is professor's salary, Berry said.
"Who wants to take the pay cut?" he
asked. "There's only so much money to
go around."
On the matter of primary and sec-

ondary education, Berry is a strong
advocate of vouchers and charter
schools. He serves on the school board
of a charter school in the area. "A good
(public school) system is going to
depend on competition," he said.
Rivers opposes vouchers and charter
Health care is another important
issue to both candidates.
A wife and mother of two by the age
of 21, Rivers said she knows what it is
like to struggle without health care.
"Far too many of the people who are
making these decisons have never been
there:' she said.
Berry said he believes everyone
should have access to health care but he
does not believe in "socialist medicine."
Campaign finance reform is a critical
issue for Rivers, who said she would like
to see all campaigns publicly financed."I
want to see elections where the race is
about ideas rather than money," she said,
Berry would like to see gun laws
enforced more strictly nationwide. "We
have to close the loophole on gun
shows," he said, adding that Michigan
has a state law that does just that.
Otherwise, Berry said he does not
believe in an increase in gun laws.
Enforcement of current laws, he said, is
the key to being safe.
Accessibility to constituents is more
difficult for federal lawmakers than
local officials, but Rivers said she has
maintained contact with those who
elected her as their representative.
She promised to be available when
she was first elected to Congress in
1994. "I have certainly done that," she
said, estimating that in six years she has
held more than 300 events like coffee
hours where constituents are able to
voice their concerns.

By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter

For the first time in 10 years, Ann
Arbor will not vote a woman into its top
administrative position.
With Mayor Ingrid Sheldon deciding
she did not want to run for re-election,
three candidates - all men - are bat-
tling each other to become.Sheldon's
The two major-party candidates,
Democrat John Hieftje and Republican
Stephen Rapundalo, at first glance have
little that distinguishes them from one
another politically. Libertarian Charles
Goodman is by far the most politically
unique of the candidates.
Hieftje, a real estate agent and City
Council member, described himself as
a "centrist Democrat interested in fiscal
responsibility with a very, very strong
environmental bent."
One issue he said he would attempt
to tackle as mayor is the availability of
affordable housing in the city.
"Affordable housing is an issue Ann
Arbor can either solve or lose its diversi-
ty," Hieftje told The Michigan Daily's
editorial board. "What we've been saying
is if a person doesn't make S100,000 a
year, then we don't have a place for you."
One way in which Hieftje said he
would accomplish this task is through a

millage cut.
"I realize we can't do anything about
housing if we don't have a tax cut," he
said. "What I 'don't want to happen is
for Ann Arbor to become a community
of the elite. A lot of our diversity is
threatened and what we're going to do
is lose our middle class."
Rapundalo, a research scientist at
Pfizer and longtime community
activist, said his Republican label is not
all that defines him politically.
"I'd define myself as a moderate, but
even more as an independent," he told
the Daily's editorial board. "I'm about as
moderate a Republican as they come."
Rapundalo said he likes to think of
himself as similar to the current mayor
in terms of his political philosophy.
"She's been able to charter nonparti-
san action when it comes to the City
Council, and I am certainly a cut of the
same cloth," he said.
Rapundalo said his public service
more than qualifies him for the job.
"I have a 10-year public record with
working in the community, in front of
City Council and on the Planning
Commission," he said.
Goodman, a philosophy graduate
student at the University, is making his
second run for city office. Last year he
lost his bid for a City Council seat.
See MAYOR, Page 178

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