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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - 3

Regents' race remains too close to ca
B Aymar Jors
aDaily Staff Reporter Incumbents Maynard, Taylor lead race for two seats with most votes counted

Students will have to wait at least another
day to know with certainty how the Univer-
sity's leadership for the next eight years will
shape up.
With 78 percent of Michigan precincts
reporting early this morning, current regents
Olivia Maynard (D-Goodrich) and S. Mar-
tin Taylor (D-Grosse Pointe Farms) led with
25 and 23 percent of the votes, respectively.
Republican challengers Patrick Anderson of
Bath Township and Carl Meyers of Dearborn
trailed were close behind, with 23 and 22
percent of the vote. Anderson trailed Taylor
by 27,676 votes.
The top two vote-getters will take the
spots alongside the other three Democrats
and Republicans on the University's Board
of Regents.
The regents positions are not paid but can
be influential. The regents, who are similar
to the University's board of directors, vote
to approve the University's budget, faculty
and administrative appointments, the con-
struction of new buildings and academic
initiatives.
In the past few terms, the regents have
agreed to hold tuition to the rate of inflation,
agreed to construction plans for both the

new Depression Center and Central Cam-
pus parking structures and decided to sup-
port the University's use of race-conscious
admissions.
LSA Senior Nathaniel Damren, a Green
Party candidate, acquired less than 1 per-
cent of the vote, and most of the other third
party candidates also received less than 1
percent.
Taylor and Maynard, both elected to the
board in 1996, have been supporters of the
University's affirmative action policies.
Both have also supported providing domes-
tic partner benefits for same-sex couples, a
policy that could potentially be challenged
after Proposal 2 passed yesterday.
Taylor, an executive vice president of DTE
Energy Company in Detroit, has made tuition
and state funding two of his key issues. The
University has not stressed the importance
of higher education to the economic health
of the state, Taylor has said, causing part of
the decrease in state funding.
With a lack of funding, the University
is finding it difficult to keep tuition down.
Taylor also has pledged to increase minority
enrollment at the University.
"We need to change the dialogue in the

state," Taylor said in a recent interview. "It
almost now seems as though in Lansing
higher education is sort of the bad guy."
Maynard, president of Planned Parenthood
in Michigan and The Michigan Prospect
in Flint, also has strongly supported hold-
ing down tuition costs and making college
more accessible to middle and low-income
students. She is also a supporter of the Life
Sciences Institute.
Anderson, who founded the consulting
firm Anderson Economic Group LLC, said
he would bring more accountability to the
Board of Regents, including putting the
race-conscious admissions procedures to a
vote.
Anderson also wants to pursue a more
aggressive policy toward the Gov. Jennifer
Granholm and Legislature in obtaining state
funding.
"My main theme has been to make the
board of regents more active in representing
the systems that elected them," Anderson
said. He is also pushing for "public votes on
major policy issues like admissions and cur-
riculum," he added.
But Anderson has noted that he holds no
personal feelings against the two incum-

University Board of Regents
OLIVIA MAYNARD, 1,540,924 votes - 25 percent
DEMOCRAT
S. MARTIN TAYLOR, 1,411,354 votes - 23 percent
DEMOCRAT
PATRICK ANDERSON, 1,383,678 votes - 23 percent
REPUBLICAN
CARL MEYERS, 1,358,777 votes - 22 percent
REPUBLICAN Based on 78 percent of precincts reported

bents, although he believes both Republi-
cans would better serve the University.
"I have a great deal of respect for Olivia
and Martin and what they've done for the
University in the past eight years," he said.
Agreeing with Anderson's assertion that
the University should pursue a more aggres-
sive stance toward the state, Meyers said

he also supports lowering tuition costs, but
believes his record as a businessman makes
him fiscally responsible.
Meyers is the senior vice president of
investments at Raymond James and Associ-
ates.
Meyers said this year's new application is
too difficult and needs to be simplified.

A2 voters pass initiative to

legalize
By Leslie Rott
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor residents passed a ballot p
posal, to allow the use of marijuana
medicinal purposes, yesterday.
Proposal C will waive fines for medi
marijuana patients and their caregivers w
receive the recommendation of a physic
or other qualified health professional toi
marijuana for medical treatment.
The proposal also changes the curt
law in Ann Arbor to lower the fine for
third and all subsequent marijuana offen
for non medical users to $100. These fi
include possession, control, use, giving am
or selling of marijuana.
Although medical marijuana users wo
avoid fines under the law, the police are
required to return any marijuana that t
may seize from patients.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has spoken
against the use of medical marijuana, wa
ing it will still be illegal to use, possess or
marijuana under state and federal law.
In response to the passing of Proposal
Dan Solano,-a retired Detroit police offi
and medical marijuana user, said the v
sends a positive message to the state Leg
lature.
He also said he feels the vote is symbolic
"It does symbolize that the public is beh
amending the laws so patients will have &

medical marijuana
said when she has access to marijuana, she
RESULTS ON PROP. C feels better. "I am a better person, in better
spirits, when I smoke a joint."
ro- YE 74O/ Although Proposal C has not specified
for Y jES /i conditions in which it would be legal for
patients to use marijuana, in general medical
ical No 25%/0 marijuana has been shown effective in treat-
vho ing pain and nausea caused by AIDS, cancer,
ian Based on 125 precincts voting multiple sclerosis and many other disorders.
use Psychiatry Prof. Kirk Bower described the
pros and cons of medical marijuana use. "The
ent access to cannabis," he said. major pro is to provide relief of symptoms for
the Scio Township Trustee Charles Ream, patients who do not respond to conventional
ses who has been promoting the proposal, said, treatments," he said.
nes "Initially, (the proposal) will help only a Bower added that a major drawback of
ray small number of people, and then it will grow smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes
to be quite a large amount once people real- is that it carries its own risks of cancer and
uld ize how many ailments (cannabis) helps." other lung problems.
not Rich Birkett, who lost a bid for a City The Food and Drug Administration has
hey Council seat in Ann Arbor's 3rd ward, wrote also expressed doubt and disdain toward the
the proposal. "There are quite a few people legalization of medical marijuana, suggesting
out who use medical marijuana in Ann Arbor," further research is needed before legalization
irn- Birkett said. for therapeutic uses can be recommended
sell Jan Paliza, a 50-year-old Ann Arbor resi- Medical marijuana is already legal in nine
dent, is one of those people. At age 14, a car states including California, Colorado and
C, on Ford Road in Ypsilanti hit her, and in 1998, Vermont. In August, Detroit passed a law
cer she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, legalizing medical marijuana in the city.
ote but doctors still debate whether the diagnosis But on Nov. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court
gis- is correct. "Since my car accident, I have felt will decide whether or not patients have a
like a doctor's guinea pig," Paliza said, add- right to use cannabis in treating their illness-
. ing that her life is a constant struggle. es when recommended to do so by a medical
ind "When I take (traditional) medications, I professional. The court's decision could over-
afe have to deal with the side effects." But Paliza rule Ann Arbor's new law.

Corey Cox of Benzie County sits In Colonial Lanes yesterday with other proposal C
Is a member of the National Organization for Reformation of Marijuana Laws.

'Hieftje re-elected mayor of A2
Democrat keeps 3rd ward seat on City Council

By Anne Joling
and Ekjyot Saini
Daily Staff Reporters
Yesterday's Ann Arbor City Coun-
cil elections resulted in the re-elec-
tion of all current council members,
including Mayor John Hieftje and
3rd ward representative Jean Carl-
berg, the only two members who
faced challengers.
The council, currently made up of
10 Democrats and one Republican,
will remain unchanged for the next
MAYORS RACE
JOHN HIEFTJE, 1
JANE LUMM, R
L31
Based on
two years.
Hieftje, who won the mayoral
race with 38,028 votes, or 68 per-
cent, now faces his third term. His
opponent, Republican Jane Lumm,
received 17,270 votes, 31 percent.
Hieftje was ill and unable to com-
ment on his victory, but his wife,
Kathryn Goodson, made a victory
speech on his behalf at the Demo-
cratic headquarters on South Fourth
Avenue.
"We're very excited about our vic-
tory - there will be a great team
on the council," Goodson said. "The
mayor had a strong opponent and they
both ran a very serious campaign."
Goodson also said Hieftje will

continue working on his major tenets
of fiscal responsibility and nurtur-
ing and protecting the environment.
Among Hieftje's main accomplish-
ments was supporting the Green-
belt Initiative to preserve parks and
reduce urban sprawl in Ann Arbor.
Lumm, who served on the coun-
cil for three terms during the 1990s,
said she felt good about her cam-
paign, despite the loss.
"I want to congratulate Mayor
Hieftje on running a successful cam-
paign. This election really wasn't
about winning or
losing, though. I
feel I accomplished
a lot, and through
DEMOCRAT the various debates
and forums we cre-
ated a lot of good
dialogue. I feel
very positive. We
did one for democ-
racy," Lumm said.
Carlberg, who
facedtwochalleng-
.EPUBLICAN ers, Green Party
candidate Marc
Reichardt and Lib-
ertarian candidate
Rich Birkett, came
through with an
overwhelming vic-
tory. She received
125 precincts voting 6,318 votes, while
Reichardt received
644 and Birkett received 452 votes,
as of 12:30 am.
"I'm glad to have won another
election. I'm looking forward to
serving two more years on the city
council," Carlberg said. "I think
there will be a lot of good opportu-
nities in the next two years to work
with students and see how we can
address their concerns."
Carlberg, who was elected to her
sixth term on the council, said she
will continue to work on a variety
of projects in Ann Arbor, includ-
ing plans to create more affordable
housing in the downtown area.
Reichardt said he largely attrib-
uted his loss to people who voted a

straight Democratic ticket. While Birkett lost his bid for coun-
"If this is what the people want, this cil, he won a victory with yesterday's
is what the people passing of Pro-
get. For all the "We're very excited posal C. Birkett
people who seem is the primary
to complain about about our victory - author of Pro-
City Council, posal C, which
there's no other there will be a great now legalizes
answer than to . medical mari-
look at how they team on the council. juana in Ann
voted," Reichardt Arbor.
said. - Kathryn Goodson Council
Reichardt, Wife of Ann Arbor members Kim
who is the presi- Groome (D-
dent of the Green Mayor John Hieftje 1st ward),
Party of Michi- Joan Lowen-
gan, said he has no plans to run for stein (D-2nd ward), Margie Teall
any public offices in the near future, (D-4th ward) and Christ Easthope
but said he will not disappear from (D-5th ward), also won re-election
city politics. to the council, in uncontested races.
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Mayor John Hieftje celebrates the passing of the Greenbelt proposal last year.

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