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'U' needs police,
officials say
By MELISSA BIRKS flashlight, clipboard, and radio; if
Although the University's Depar- they determine a situation to be
tment of Public Safety is understaf- dangerous, they have to call the Ann
fed, with sometimes only three officers Arbor police. And they do not have the
working.shifts, University safety of- authority to arrest on "probable
ficials say the real problem with cause."
preventing crime on campus is the The University pays the salaries of
lack of a University police force. seven uniformed Ann Arbor police of-
The University is the only Michigan ficers, two detectives, and a part of
state college without deputized of- the salary for police captain Kenneth
ficers. This prevents public safety of- Klinge, who acts as a laison between
ficers from making arrests or the city and the University.
initiating legal proceedings against "We're satisfied with the Ann Arbor
suspects. police," said public safety officer
Public Safety officers can "escort" Vickie Juopperi, "but would like to
trespassers out of buildings and can handle our own affairs as they come
make "citizens arrests" if they see up."
someone in the act of committing a The issue of whether to create a
felony. SeeSAFETY,Page15
BUT THE officers carry only a SeSAEYPae1

Say 'Da-Da' Daily Photo by CHR
Detroit residents Gary Soule and his young son, Ian, relax in the shade during last week's Art Fair.

IS TWIGG

Two compete for Dem nominatiori

By PETER MOONEY
The candidates for the Democratic nomination in the
second congressional district this Tuesday - display very
different approaches to the issues and styles of cam-
paigning.
Democrats Dean Baker and Don Grimes are both
seeking a chance to unseat Republican congressman Carl
Pursell. Pursell is running unopposed for the Republican
nomination.
BAKER, A doctoral candidate in economics at the Un-
iversity, is an activist who has worked against U.S. inter-
vention in Central America. According to Baker's cam-
paign manager, Mark Weisbrot, "The only way to beat
Pursell is to have a grassroots campaign."
Baker's campaign support has come largely from ac-
tivists in the Latin American Solidarity Committee
(LASC), the Michigan alliance for Disarmament (MAD)
and other local peace groups.
Crimes, a researcy economist with the Institute for
Social Research, has received widespread support from
Democratic party organizations including the UAW and
AFL-CIO and most of the county party organizations in
the second district. Perhaps because of this support,
Grimes claims not to be taking Baker seriously. He says
that though he has spent $25,000 so far, "it's not necessary
to spend that much money to beat Dean Baker."
GRIMES, in contrast to Baker, is running a media
oriented rather than grassroots campaign. He says that
"we've done a lot of direct mail advertising and we've run
television ads in the Jackson area."
Weisbrot says that the Baker campaign has spent "in
the neighborhood of a few thousand dollars." He says the
campaign will make up for its lack of money with a com-
mitted corps of volunteers engaged in door to door can-
vassing..
The Baker campaign originated in the successful cam-
paign to pass Proposal A in the April city election, which
stated opposition to U.S. policy in Central America, as
well as in protests which took place at Pursell's Ann Ar-
bor office.
Baker says his decision to run came "primarily when
Pursell voted in favor of aid to the contras." Though the
Central America issue is the focus of Baker's campaign,
he says, "there are a number of things I disagree with him
(Pursell) on."
BAKER ALSO supports more aid to middle class far-
mgrs and less to wealthy farmers, and a shortened work
week to boost employment. He says he would redirect

spending away from defense toward human services.
Besides his campaign, Baker says that he will continue
opposing Pursell's stand on Central America "by
protesting and holding sit-ins."
Grimes is emphasizing issues which he feels have a
more direct impact on his constituents. He says that "his
(Pursell's) priorities don't match up with those of the
people of the second district."
GRIMES CITES an Adrian newspaper report which
quoted Pursell as advocating the phasing out of social
security as an example of Pursell's detachment from his
constituents.
Grimes took a poll last January which he says shows
that, "district-wide the biggest concern was old age and
large medical bills, social security issues, the second
biggest concern was unemployment."
Grimes says that he will make sure, "the citizens of this
district know that Carl Pursell is in favor of phasing out
the social security system and instead reallocating that
money to the defense budget."
Grimes also criticizes Pursell, "as one of only 82
congressmen to vote against the Clean Water Act." He
says that Pursell was the only member of the Michigan
delegation to vote against an amendment to the revenue
sharing bill which "would have meant tens of millions in
additional revenue to Michigan."
Grimes believes that polling is a good way to determine
the priorities of the district. Weisbrot, however, argues
that Grimes is overly dependent on polling data.
Weisbrot says Grimes came to a LASC meeting in the
summer of 1984 and said he "did not want to discuss Cen-
tral America in the campaign, he didn't think you could
win a campaign discussing the issues." Weisbrot added
that he believes Grimes is now willing to'discuss Central
American issues solely because of new polling data he has
recieved which shows opposition to Contra aid.
Outside Ann Arbor the major second district
Democratic organizations are lining up behind Grimes,
but within the city there seems to be some division. Jeff
Epton, (D-Third Ward) city council member, is suppor-
ting Baker because, "it's necessary to have a candidate
who articulates progressive positions in an unambiguous
way."
Jeff Whiting, a city Democratic director of voter ser-
vices, supports Grimes because, "I think that Grimes
realizes that this race is not simply a local Ann Arbor race
but has a wide importance throughout the district and he,,
has a good chance of unseating Pursell."

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