Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 8, 1977 · Page 30
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 30

Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 8, 1977
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30 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE U'ed..June S. 1977 ( Bilondk easily wins vote in Chicago ] N.J. governor retains party nomination By DAVID SMOTHKRS CHICAGO a-PI) - Acting Mayor Michael Bilsndic, riding the patronage-fueled Democrai- ic campaign organization built by the late Richard J. Daley, scored a sweeping victory Tuesday in the race to succeed Daley as mayor of Chicago. Bilandic -- the acting ".Mayor Bland" who only a year ago was just another face in Chicago's' political crowd -easily vanquished his Republican challenger. Alderman Dennis Block, to earn the right to maintain the helm of city government until April 1979. Bilandic piled up about 77.4 per cent of the vote - a few points short of the record of 77.67 per cent set by Daley in 1975. Block managed a little over 21 per cent. With more than 95 per cent of the city's precincts reporting, Bilandic had 468,834 votes to rs.oss for Block. The contest drew fewer voters to the polls than any Chicago mayoral race since 1911 -- before women won the right to vote. Only about 3S.7 per cent of the eligible voters b o t h e r e d to cast ballots, making it the worst turnout by percentage of any mayoral election in Chicago history. Block conceded defeat about an hour after the polls closed. The 40 or 50 supporters in his campaign headquarters were still talking about a possible upset victory when he entered and murmured: "Host." But the 29-year-old challenger, the city's only Republican alderman, reminded supporters: "I'm just starting. I'm 29 and they're 50. So don't count me out." About two hours after the polls closed, Bilandic stepped before supporters during a shower of multi-colored balloons at a party in the lobby of the old Bismarck Theater to proclaim his victory. He offered his "sincere thanks and appreciation to the citizens of Chicago for the confidence they've shown in me," then kissed his mother and his fiance, socialite Heather Morgan. Cook County Board President a n d Democratic C h a i r m a n George Dunne told supporters Bilandic "proved to be an effective leader and has shown to the entire world that the Chicago organization is alive and well." But the applause and the cheers were perfunctory and old-line Democrats seemed to lack the enthusiasm of the old glory days of Dick Daley. Instead of the Shannon's Rover's pipers who used to serenade the Daley triumphs, there was a Croatian band -the Velebit Band. Bilandic is a Croatian. Until last Dec. 20, Bilandic was just a face in the crowd of Chicago politicians, unheard of by most Chicagoans. But Daley died of a heart attack Dec. 21, ending a 21-year reign, and the City Council chose Bilandic as acting mayor. The overriding reason for Bilandic's selection, it appeared, was that he was from Bridgeport -- the home neighborhood for every mayor since 1933 -- and had the backing of Daley's sons and loyalists. Bilandic's mild-mannered ways won him the nickname, "Mayor Bland," in some circles. A helix is a spiral, especially one moving around a cylinder, as do the threads of a screw. By THOMAS J.SIIEEKAN TRENTON, N.J. (UPI) New Jersey Gov. Brendan T. Byrne, declaring "I fought like hell for it." Tuesday defeated nine opponents and the spectre of the state income tax to win the Democratic nomination for governor. State Sen. Raymond H. Bateman. a bitter foe of the tax, won the Republican nomination. Former state Sen. Ralph DeRose, considered Byrne's toughest opponent, wound up running third, behind Rep. Robert A. Roe. Byrne also was witness to the defeat of his political arch rival, state Democratic Chairman James Dugan, who lost his bid for re- nomination to the state Senate. With 92 per cent of the vote counted, Byrne had 157,107 votes to 120,551 for Roe and 92,347 for DeRose. In the GOP race Bateman had 177,264 votes to 117,543 for Assemblyman T h o m a s H. Kean. "I can't say. as Woodrow Wilson said, that this nomination came to me unsolicited," Byrne told a boisterous crowd of supporters as he claimed victory, "I fought like hell for it." B y r n e immediately challenged Bateman to meet him in a face-to-face debate during the fall campaign, which is certain to provide voters with a clear choice on the income tax, which the 53-year-old Byrne successfully pushed through the legislature last summer. Earlier, Bateman claimed an easy victory over three other Republicans. "The people of New Jersey want and deserve leadership and they are going to get it," Bateman said as he celebrated his victory with his family, former GOP Gov. William T. Cahill and other Republican leaders. "I do fully plan to run the state of New Jersey without an income lax." The 49-year-old Bateman, who has served in the legislature for 19 years, said he was confident he would win because "we ran a positive campaign." Bateman defeated Kean with the backing of most of the state's county GOP organizations. The other major Democratic candidates were Rep. James J. Florio, former Byrne cabinet member Joseph Hoffman and state Sen. .Raymond Garramone. ; DeRose, who had the support of the powerful Essex County organization and the Jersey City mayor-elect, took an early lead on the basis of Jersey City returns but Byrne's strength in other parts of the state offset that margin. Byrne, a former judge and prosecutor, was elected in 1973 by a record 700,000-vote plurality. Political observers noted that Byrne was aided by the crowded field of opponents, slipping ahead as the others siphoned votes from one another. Byrne's biggest handicap was the state's first income tax. Byrne spent much of his term · battling for a statewide tax, a cure for New Jersey's lagging economy and high unemployment, and fighting Dugan for control of the Democratic Party. But it was the issue of the · income levy, passed last July 8, that dominated the primary campaign. Both Bateman and Kean said throughout their campaigns they opposed the income-tax. 2nd BIG WEEK! Produce Managers' 6PRODUCE SPECTACULAR SWEET WATERMELON Red Ripe 18-22 ID- EACH NEW CROP PEACHES Fresh Juicy RIPE SALAD SAVE 5c LB. Salad Favorite SWEET VALENCIA ORANGES New Crop r S 4 0 1 SAVE 5cLB. CALIFORNIA HAAS AVOCADOS SAVE 8cEA. Creamy Rich CORN 81 Fresh. Tender. Sweet Ears ^B^^ Jf SAVE ic EA ·· CELERY Fresh Crisp Stalks 3 F °1 LETTUCE SAVE ""··* 4 C E A . IIIUIIO New Crop Tenon save ac Lb J IBS. I : ||PpBed.GreEnSR D maine A S 1 U W W Leal Save 9c Eunch "T [OK | 'nf^tnpQ 11 TM 0 """"" 18 ,^ 17 UiCllUGOSa.eBclb Ib. 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