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To the Editor:

As a University of Michigan alumnus, I am delighted to express my support of the candidacies of state Rep. Andrew Richner and Andrea Fischer Newman for the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

While in the state legislature, Rep. Richner has been a tireless fighter for families and quality education for all the citizens of the state of Michigan. A third generation U of M alumnus, Andrew Richner has the experience and skill to assure that the university remains one of the world's preeminent institutions of higher learning. As a U of M Regent, as he has as a legislator, Rep. Richner will work to keep tuition rates down, state investment in public education up, and to assure the excellence of Michigan's system of higher education for future generations.

Andrea Fischer Newman is a vocal critic of high tuition increases; she was the lone regent to vote against a 7.9 percent increase in tuition this year. Ms. Fischer Newman has a record of fighting to control costs while maintaining academic excellence.

As a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Fischer Newman understands that the university is an invaluable institution of higher learning and that the future of Michigan and our country depends upon a well-educated population.

Andrew Richner and Andrea Fischer Newman have the vision and thoughtfulness about the issues to see that the University of Michigan remains one of our country's finest institutions of higher learning. Their proven ability to make tough decisions will be an asset to the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

I endorse Andrea Fischer Newman and Andrew Richner for University of Michigan Regent.

Gerald R. Ford

Gerald R. Ford
October 31, 2002

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