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Bykowski, Kolb promise accessib
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reports,
Two University alumni are seeking to
represent the 53rd District, which
includes most of the University's student
population within its constituencv.
Republican Bob Bvkowski graduated
from the University with a master's
degree in public health care administra-
tion and worked extensively in mental
health and social work before his cur-
rent job in real estate.
A former lecturer at the University,
Bykowski said he thinks he could easi-
Iv keep in touch with the students that
would make up part of his constituency.
"Just having an open door" is how he
plans to be available, he told The
Michigan Daily's editorial board.
Democrat Chris Kolb, who serves on
the Ann Arbor City Council and as the
city 's mayor pro tem, graduated from
the School of Natural Resources and
the Environment and serves on the
advisory board for the Office of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgendered Affairs. "I consider all
the students at the University of
Michigan as residents of Ann Arbor," he
told the Daily's editorial board.
If he wins a seat in Lansing, Kolb
said he wants to establish what he-calls
a "Campus Caucus."
"That will be for all communities that
have a public university or college that
impacts their community," he said.
Bykowski, a Pittsfield Township res-
ident, said the most important issue fac-
ing Michigan is education.
"We have to put more money into
education programs," he said. "I'd be
more interested in putting a major effort
into K-12 programs, providing it's liter-
acy programs, helping single moms and
families that are struggling ... to assist
their kids in getting an education."
Calling himself "fiscally moderate,"
Bvkowski, a former Democrat, said he
has looked into the state budget and has
found ways to redirect money towards
education and other human rights issues
rather than increasing taxes.
"One example is that we're spending
approximately S18 million to advertise
the lottery system while we've got kids
and senior citizens going hungry and
without medications, and to me that's
just ridiculous:' he said.
Kolb also puts a large emphasis on
education, noting that higher education
often seems to get lost in the political
shuffle. "Lately the University of
Michigan pretty much has had a hard
time getting the necessary state funds up
in Lansing," he said. "Part of it is
because of its own reputation but also
because a lot of people come from dif-
ferent schools up there. It's kind of inter-
esting to watch, but it's not the way you
like to have decision-making made.
Bvkowski said he was not as con-
cerned with higher education as with
state appropriations for primary and
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After serving three terms as a rep-
resentative from Ann Arbor, term lim-
its are bringing an end to Liz Brater's
career in the Michigan Legislature.
A champion of mental health issues,
Brater said she still does not know what
she wants to do when her term ends in
"I obviously would like to continue
the work I've been doing on the issues,"
Brater, a Democrat who served as
Ann Arbor's mayor from 1991 to 1993,
said this is not necessarily the end of
her political career.
"I certainly am going to consider"
running for office again, she said.
Brater has been involved in politics
her entire life.
"The first campaign I remember is
Stevenson versus Eisenhower," she
said of the 1956 contest between Sen.
Adlai Stevenson and the incumbent
Her best achievement during her six
years in Lansing, she said, was being
able "to focus concern of the criminal-
ization of mental patients."
"Knowledge is power and when
you have the information, you have
more ability to make a change,"
"Liz Brater is going to be a tremen-
dous loss," said House Minority Floor
Leader Michael Hanley (D-Saginaw),
who called Brater a "leader" and "very
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