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2 - The Michigan Daily Summer Weekly - Wednesday, July 29, 1992
Democratic candidates support gay
and lesbian issues during forum
by Beth Echlin he or she feels that the police need But other observers believed the
Daily Staff Reporter greater sensitivity training in dealing candidates to be fairly-well prepared.
The Michigan Lesbian Gay Demo- with gays and lesbians, especially in "There were some tough questions,
cratic Caucus gave 52nd and 53rd dis- regards to public displays of affection. especially (the ones on AIDS), but I
trict state Democratic candidates an All of the candidates were also in favor think they were adequately answered,"
opportunity to vent their views on gay of abolishing the sodomy laws. said Morley Harper, aUniversity alum-
and lesbian issues at a forum July 21. The candidates were also asked nus.
Candidates in attendance from the questions pertaining to the availability Anotherobserver,DavidSalowich,
52nd district included Sabra Briere, of free condoms in the Ann Arbor saidhethoughtthecandidateswereless
MarySchroerandEarlStevenson.Can- school system and AIDS prevention. than sincere with their responses.
didate Scott Munzel's mother substi- The issues of the availability of state "There was alot of campaigning, a
tuted for her son. and national funding for AIDS treat- lot of politicking ... every answer was
Vying for Perry Bullard's vacated ment were also raised. tempered by the need for a vote," he
53rd district seat were Bob Alexander, A woman who wished to be identi- said.
Rich Birkett, Mel Laracey and Lynn fled only as Peg said she was disap- Alexander said this was only the
Rivers, all of whom attended. pointed with the candidates' lack of second forum the candidates had at-
Issues such as gays and lesbians in preparedness. tended, but agreed it was important "to
education andsensitizationof police on "I'd like.to see them focused on bring these issues up and get an open
lesbian and gay issues were debated. themselves being more educated ... hearing."
The candidates all said they be- about the AIDS crses and also about But Briere summed up the three-
lieved that one's ability as a teacher had gay and lesbian issues," she said. "It hour forum in the following manner, "I
nothing to do with sexual orientation. would really help them with their can-
Additionally, each candidate said didacy." learned that we all talk too much."
UNION administration to decrease the amount more money to increase salaries by
UNIONthey give to employees in benefits." then.
Continued from page 1 Thiry saidthateven though thhcaf- eLevy speculated that the result of
One concession the University had eteria-style benefits did not pass this AFSCME's contract would force the
been pushing for a benefits package year, the administration will press for University to offer Skilled Trades, and
that would allow employees to choose the adoption of this proposal in the then Graduate Employees Organiza-
forthemselveswhichhealth,dentaland future to save the University money. tion a minimum of 2 percent wage
life insurance they would receive. Forthefirsttimeinthemorethan24 increases. The University refuses to
Levy argued that this is an under- years that the administration has been comment on pending Union bargain-
handed wayofdecreasingbenefits."The engaged in collective barganing, the mg.
idea of giving employees choice in de- University has agreed to renegotiate AFSCME had been without a con-
termining what benefits they are to re- the wagerate with AFSCME nextyear. tract since June 20th of this year. The
ceive soundsgood. but itsisawavforthe Both parties hope that there will be new contract takeseffectretroactively.

STATE
Continued from page 1
tant to State Senator Lana Pollack,
working on issues before the Senate
Finance Committee and the Senate
Appropriations Committee. She ran in
1988 for this seat.
Scott Munzel is a member of the
Ann Arbor Zoning Board of Appeals
and Chair of the Washtenaw County
Sheriff's Community Relations Advi-
sory Board.
Munzel says he favors improving
access to higher education through a
domesticserviceprogram,andisagainst
state-imposed restrictions on Universi-
ties.
In the Democratic race, Bob
Alexander, Rich Birkett, Mel Laracey
and Lynn Rivers are striving to fill the
postition vacated by Perry Bullard.
Bob Alexander is a nursing home
policy analyst in the Medicaidprogrm
for the State Department of Social Ser-
vices. He has worked on the staffs of
Senator Lana Pollack from 1983 to
1986 - where he wrote the Polluter's
Pay bill -and Senator Ed Pierce from
1979 to 1982. He also worked on the
effort to recall Gov. Engler.
He is running on his 13 years of
experience in Lansing. He advocates
gathering the funds that have been lost
through $8 billion in tax breaks. "The
money is there. We just need to come
up with the will to fight Engler and his
cronies,"he said.
Lynn Rivershasservedasthepresi-
dent of the Ann Arbor Board of Educa-
tion and elected Trustee forthree terms
for three years. She has tackled issues

of homelessness, hunger and mental
illness while attempting to improve
public schools.
She said that her sehool board tnastee
experience with budgets has taught her
the value of setting priorities. "Oneof
the best ways we can get a stronger
economy is to have a stronger educa-
tional budget," she said.
Laracey, currently serving as Ann
Arbor's interim treasurer, wants to im-
prove the link between local and state
government in the city. He also sup-
ports emphasizing primary education
and health care.
Birkett, a leader in the National
Organization for the Reform of Man-
Juana Laws, is running for the first time
as a Democrat, but has been active in
local politics as a Republican for some
time.
Birkett's central campaign theme is
thathe hopes torelax state interference
into citizens' daily lives.
In the new 53rd District, Republi-
cans Terrance Bertram and David
Firestone are fighting for the nomina-
tion. The district encompasses much of
Central Campus.
Bertram, a former state administra-
tor and member of the County Planning
Commission,alsosetshisgoalasoneof
change.
Hefavors increasing the state's job
base in order to increase tax revenue.
He says his chief objective is to main-
tain an effective govenmnent.
Firestone, who has been an Ann
Arborresident for more than60 years,
favors increased restrictions on alco-
hol, tobacco, and drugs. Firestone also
ran for this seat in 1988 and 1990.
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CON RES SSgrowth and choice." He advocates
C4ONGRESS economic growth through cutting the
Continued frompage 1 capital gains tax from 28 percent to 14
Look for it in the government for 20 years. He is vice percent "to get the economy out of the
chairoftheSenateAppropriationsCom- doldrums."
eds mittee and claims responsibility for the Tanter served as Ronald Reagan's
C 1Id proposalwhicheliminatedGeneralAs- Middle East advisor on the National
sistance payments for able-bodied Security Council from 1981 to 1982.
adults. He served as a representative of the
"Aminor with child should have to Secretary of Defense to arms control
(they really work!) stay with her parents because the ex- talks from 1983 to 1984.
tended family provides the support sys- The candidate claims to be the only
tem," Geake said. strong pro-choice Republican vying for
Regarding student affairs, "I favor the spot. He supports the Freedom of
more aid to individual students than to Choice Act. Tanter also advocates in-
the University," Geake said. creasing research funding to public
.S. University Political Science Prof. universities rather than increasing di-
R e 'ig o0 u s Tanter is running on a platform of rect student aid.
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