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RACES
From page 8B
drove his car off a bridge on Mar-
tha's Vineyard and a woman in
the car drowned. The liberal New
York Times editorial page, which
has usually endorsed Shays,
jumped ship this year and backed
Farrell.
SOUT H
Florida,
22nd District
Incumbent
E. Clay Shaw
(R), Ron Klein
(D)
After serving this coastal dis-
trict anchored by Ft. Lauderdale
and Palm Beach for 25 years, Clay
Shaw may not be able to with-
stand the tidal wave upon him in
BOARD OF REGENTS

his search for a 14th term. As the in attempt to to
second-longest-serving represen- 13th. Jennings h
tative on the influential Ways and paign around e
Means Committee in Congress, to capitalize on1
Shaw is one of the more powerful president. Hopi
representatives in the House. But Bush's popularit
with support from party heavy- Buchanan has fo
weights like President Clinton, security and con
Klein has gained plenty of ground
in a district whose substan- SOUTHWEST
tial senior community is largely Arizona,
swayed by health care issues.

ake over Florida's
as built her cam-
conomics, trying
her past as a bank
ng to cash in on
ty in the district,
cused on national
servative values.
8th District

candidate who defeated the party
leadership's choice in the primary,
advocates an enforcement-only
approach to immigration. In an
unusual twist of contemporary pol-
itics, Democrat Giffords echoes the
views of President Bush, calling for
a comprehensive guest worker pro-
gram. Giffords is almost assured
to win this election, but if Graf
even comes close, it will have many
members of Congress re-thinking
their approach to immigration.
Texas,
22nd District
Incumbent
Tom DeLay (R),
Shelley Sekula-
Gibbs (R) Nick
Lampson (D)
Write-in candidacies are
usually lost causes. Here, the
write-in is running neck and neck

in the polls with a major party
candidate. This is because the
Republican frontrunner vying to
replace disgraced former majority
leader Tom DeLay is not listed as
a candidate for Congress. After his
indictment, DeLay tried to save
his seat for the Republican Party
by moving out of the state in the
hopes of making himself ineligible
to run for office. DeLay's stunt was
unsuccessful, and several courts
ruled that the Texas Republican
Party could not place another
name on the ballot in Delay's
place. This leaves Republican
Sekula-Gibbs absent from the
ballot and in a statistical dead
heat with Lampson. The Dem-
ocratic Party might pick up one
of the most Republican seats in
Congress - but only if Republican
voters fail to successfully write in
Gibbs's somewhat difficult name.

Florida,
13th District
Vern Buchan-
an (R), Christine Jen-
nings (D)
In a battle of succesful
entrepreneurs, Buchanan and -
Jennings have stuck to their
party lines. Fighting over Kath-
erine Harris' abandoned seat,
each is pulling on their strengths

<Gabrielle
Giffords (D),
Randy Graf(R)
This district
is literally the
front line of the
immigration debate, situated
along 80 miles of the U.S.-Mexi-
co boarder. The candidates vying
to replace retiring Republican Jim
Kolbe talk of little besides illegal
immigration. Graf, the Republican

As governor, now would
you change higher edu-
cation funding?

"Tuition costs are a major worry for parents and students. When I came to this
office, I had to deal with a $4-billion deficit while still preserving the things most
important to Michigan citizens like health care for our most vulnerable citizens.
Throughout these difficult times I have urged university officials to moderate
tuition increases and to increase financial aid to help students in need cope with
higher costs. In my most recent budget, I was able to increase support for higher
education in Michigan. I am fighting my opponent's plan to give corporations a
billion-dollar tax handout at the expense of higher education and other vital pro-
grams."

"I would work to make sure that families can still afford a college
education in Michigan. There are a number of ways we can fund our
institutions of higher learning. But what matters most is that we keep
college expenses affordable for families, especially when more and
more jobs in our state require a college education. That has tobe our
number-one priority - and it's a priority that the current adminis-
tration clearly does not have. College tuition in Michigan has risen 50
percent in the last four years, and that is unacceptable."

Where do you stand on "I am strongly opposed to Proposal 2. This fraudulent proposal asks usto turn our "Proposal 2 raises some serious issues for public discussion. I have
Proposal 2 and why? backs on the proud history of diversity in Michigan and in this country. I filed an some significant reservations about the initiative and how it may
amicus brief in support of the University of Michigan's admissions policies when impact programs aimed at helping women in education. It may also
its case went before the Supreme Court, and I have defended affirmative action restrict girls only and boys only schools that have proven to be suc-
throughout my career. There is no question that the elimination of affirmative cessful. I do not favor quotas. However, I do not support this ballot
action programs in our state would be a step backwards for Michigan. It would initiative. With all of our challenges, we must look for ways to unify
deny our state the ability to compete for jobs and economic growth in our increas- and provide equal opportunity for all people in our state - especially
ingly global economy." improving educational opportunities for all children - and must not
distract our focus from the tough issues we face to make our state
great again."
If Roe v Wade is over- "Yes, I have always supported a woman's rightto make her own health decisions." "No I would not."
turned, would you signawoa'rihtomkheowhalhdcsn..
legislation repealing the
abortion ban currently on
the books in Michigan?
Can you sum up your plan to "My comprehensive economic plan will grow jobs today while securingjobsrtomor- "My plan is to bring jobs back to Michigan. Right now Michigan has
fix the economy in 50 words? row. No one will work harder to go anywhere and do anything to bring jobs to a jobs crisis. We are losing opportunity in our state because our state
Michigan. My 21st Century Jobs Fund is diversifying the economy by investing in isn't creating jobs to keep our young people here and keep our fami-
growing industries like alternative energy, advanced manufacturing and home- lies together."
land security."
Aside from the economy, "Education. In order to have a strong workforce that will attract employers to "Aside from the economy, the biggest issue facing Michigan is that
what's the biggest issue Michigan, we must invest in the gray matter between our ears. Thanks to my people are leaving Michigan. Most of them are leaving because
facing Michigan? efforts, K-12 funding is now at an all-time high. I pushed into law a new rigorous they can't find work here. Others are leaving for other reasons.
high school curriculum to prepare our students for college and beyond. I've also But one fact stands out: Michigan needs a change. We have to
pushed to fund $225 million in scholarships and $39 million in student loans to help turn our state around. If we don't, we will see tomorrow's hope
students afford their higher education. My goal is to double the number of college become yesterday's lost opportunities. We cannot afford four more
graduates in the next 10 years, and to do so, I'm also fightingto give everystudent a years of what we've got. It's time to bring change to Lansing."
$4,000 scholarship to attend college or technical training."
If you could have any "TheE Street Band (with Bruce Springsteen, of course)." "There are so many good ones, but if I had to
band perform at your pick one I would pick the Eagles."
inauguration, what would it be?
Three interesting facts most "I can eat fire. (Really-- I once dated a circus performer who taught me how.) "I'm a sucker for chocolate-chip cookies.
people don't know about you. I nearly got arrested in college for protesting my university's investments in South I worked full-time while goingto school.
Africa during Apartheid. I'm a tri-athlete."
I started my political career as a Republican - knocking on doors for Gerald R.
Ford."

Do you think suites and club seats I do not believe I should takea "yes" I have not yet been convinced that
should be included in the upcom- or "no" position on this complex luxury boxes are best for Michigan
ing renovation to Michigan Sta, issue before I have the opportunity Stadium.
dium? to study all the available information
before the Board and deliberate with
the Board. I do believe that the issue
should be thoroughly discussed in a
public forum or forums where dif-
fering views maybe fully presented,
explored and respected.

I would have to study it carefully as Yes.
a regent, but I must say the president
and the Athletic Department have
pretty good track records and are
only interested in whatever is best
for the University of Michigan. I
have a few things I would tweak, and
myself have never been one to enjoy
special seats - I like to be with the
boisterous crowds and cheers.

In the face of declining public
funding, how do you intend to help
keep the University affordable?

The Board of Regents should adopt
a top-priority, systematic plan to
ensure affordability for middle and
lower-income families that quanti-
fies the net costs of undergraduate
education, with available financial
aid taken into account, and analyzes
the impact on family income.

As the relative amount of state fund-
ing declines, it is imperative that
the university increase financial
aid commensurate with any toition
increases for in-state residents. Also,
the university should seek further
grants and philanthropic donations
specifically for need-based scholar-
ships and aid.

Cut costs and look for alternative
sources (technology transfer) con-
tinue to put money into develop-
ment and go worldwide for private
support. Important too is to better
communicate with the legislature,
spread the word of Michigan's great
accomplishments and put much
more pressure on them to fund their
public universities. Right now more
money is spent out of the budget on
housingprisoners than to educate

Strong efforts in fund-raising, sig-
nificant attention to cost controls
and process improvements leading
to cost reductions, prudent manage-
ment of resources and investments,
and continued pressure on our state
legislators to increase our funding
from the state appropriations.

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