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day, August 5, 1984


Democrats focus attacks
on incumbent Pursell


... supports national industrial policy

As the campaigning for the 2nd Congressional District,
Democratic primary comes to a close, both candidates are
looking ahead to the November election - and facing the
incumbent Republican representative, Carl Pursell.
Donald Grimes, 28, a research economist at the University,
and Michael McCauley, 35, a Plymouth-Canton high school
teacher, seem to have similar view points on most of the
campaign issues. But their chief concern is defeating Carl
Pursell in the general election.
ACCORDING to Grimes and McCauley, the issues
pertinent to the people of the district are not being addressed
by Pursell - the economy and education in particular.
The 2nd Congressional District includes most of
Washtenaw County and extends into parts of Hillsdale and
Jackson counties, making it an extremely diverse district.
For example, Ann Arbor has the lowest unemployment rate in
the state, while the city of Jackson has one of the highest.
While the two Democrats are pointing their fingers at the
Republican congressman, accusing him of misreoresenting
the district's population, William Kerans, Pursell's press
secretary, said Grimes and McCauley are simply spouting
political rhetoric.
"CARL WILL have a positive campaign - he feels he's
very representative of the 2nd Congressional District," said
Kerans. He also said Pursell will continue to represent the
district in the same manner as in the past and is not
concerned about his opponents' charges.
Both candidates cite Pursell's vote for the MX missile and
his support of other Reagan programs as evidence of the
"No politicalsrhetoric will cover political mistakes or
votes," Grimes said.
Grimes advocates long-term planning as the key to the
state's needs.

"I CAN provide long-term planning for the future instead
of short-term solutions," he said. "I want to alleviate the
worries of people who feel they will be left (out)."
Citing education as an area needing long-term solutions,
Grimes said he favors more federal funding for programs in
math, computer science, and job training. He said he
believes increased support in those areas would lead to more
McCauley belives, however, that his priority areas are
more in line with the needs of the state's voters.
"I PLAN to move in the direction to help the poor and the
middle class," said McCauley.
McCauley said he believes federal government needs to be
more efficient and can accomplish that by cutting on costs
and filtering money saved into social programs.
Focusing his campaign on more efficiency in government,
education, and the economy, McCauley believes the state
should receive more federal funding for its program.
"MICHIGAN receives less than 69 cents for every dollar it
gives to the federal government," said McCauley. "We
deserve more than that."
Grimes supports a national industrial policy, citing it as a
means of revitalizing some of the state's recession-torn
Grimes is an Ann Arbor resident who graduated from
Kalamazoo College, received a master's from the
University, and is a Ph.D candidate at the University. He has
raised $6,000 for his campaign and spent $5,000 of his own
A Plymouth resident, McCauley graduated from Michigan
State University. He earned his masters at Eastern Michigan
University and is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the
University here. He raised $3,000 for his campaign in addition
to his own $7,000 he is spending.
The winner of the primary will meet Pursell, a four-time
incumbent, and the Libertarian candidate, James Hudler, in
the Nov. 6 general election.

... wants more money for state

Student faces uphill battle against Bullard

Despite her age and inexperience,
Gretchen Morris, a 21-year-old Univer-
sity senior, is in an excellent position to
gain the Republican nomination for
state representative from the 53rd
district. The former chairwoman of the
campus College Republicans has suc-
cessfully solicited endorsements from
leading local republicans, including
Mayor Louis Belcher and Rep. Carl
Morris wants to fill the shoes of
Democrat Perry Bullard in the state
house, who for twelve years has suc-
cessfully maintained his student ac-
tivist image. But Morris hopes to steal
away that student vote from Bullard in
November, assuming she can avoid an
upset in this Tuesday's Republican
primary at the hands of challenger
Paul Jensen.
JENSEN, who recently has switched
allegiances from the American In-
dependent Party to the Republicans,
describes himself as "the man behind
the scenes at City Council" and "the
single most important person at city,
hall." Despite repeated attempts at
City Council and a run for the Ann Ar-
bor mayorship in 1983, Jensen has.
never run a successful political cam-
Both candidates in the Republican
primary believe that getting the
student vote in the district will be an*
important factor in winning the race.
"When Bullard was elected in 1972 he*
billed himself as a student activist, but
his interests are no longer on the cam-
pus nor Ann Arbor," said Morris.
"Perry Bullard is no longer helping the

students at the University."
MORRIS CLAIMS that Bullard has
lost touch with the original constituency
which elected him into office twelve
years ago. Morris plans "to get
Bullard's voting record to the people"
and she also accused the six-term
representative of being absent from
many of the key House votes which
have affected the Ann Arbor area.
Though Bullard is out of the country
until the House session starts again in
September, aide Dave Cahill defended
Bullard. According to Cahill, there are
so many roll calls in the house "you
can't distinguish between those which
are considered key votes or merely
Even Jensen noted the importance of
the student vote and blamed his in-
sistance on retaining the $5.00
marijuana law in the city as the reason
he lost his bid for the Ann Arbor mayor-
ship. According to Jensen he spent
much of his own money campaigning
for the law in an effort to court the
student vote.
MORRIS, a licensed real estate agent
who is m;najoring in American culture,
said education would be a key issue in
the campaign against Bullard. As a
candidate for the office she said she will
attack Bullard for allowing the state to
cut such large holes in the budget of the
Cahill claims "Perry Bullard did all
he could to avoid the cuts," and noted
that this year's budget has actually in-
creased funding for the University, due
largely to the work of Bullard.
Morris has spent the last two years as

an intern with the state Republican
Party, and this has put her in the
position to know many of the leading
Republicans in the state. Though she
has no previous experience in elected
office, she considers herself "the first
strong candidate to challenge Perry
Bullard since he took office."
SHE VIEWS herself as a moderate
Republican who supports such
traditionally liberal stands as favoring
ERA and being pro-choice on abortion.
Morris also cited her experience with the
College Republicans as a valuable
lesson in consolidating several different
viewpoints so not to split the group over
specific issues.
Like many other Republicans, Morris
attacked the state legislature for the in-
come tax increase passed last year.
Bullard did vote for the increase, which
Gov. James Blanchard said was
necessary to balance the state's budget.

.-. attacks Bullard's record

Where, when, and how to vote
Officials estimate that less that 15 percent of the registered Washtenaw
County voters will make the trip to the polls for Tuesday's primary. Those
Ann Arbor Democrats who do will be choosing candidates for U.S. Congress,
County Sheriff, and County Drain Commissioner. City Republicans will vote
on a candidate for U.S. Senate, State Senate, and sheriff. All voters will be
able to vote in the non-partisan primary for probate court judge. The other
names on the ballot will be uncontested candidates for their party's
nomination to various offices.
Each voter's registration card lists the correct polling place, which is dif-
ferent from the site used for the March Democratic Presidential primary.
City voters can check their proper polling places by calling the city clerk's
office at 994-2725.
Happenings appears on page7.


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