open seats on the seven-person board.
The diverse roster of candidates includes a pastor, a Pakistani-born educator, a recent U-M grad, a retired health care administrator, a current auto parts manufacturer, and a consultant to the National Wildlife Association. Each has a different cure for what ails the district's budget. Here they are in alphabetical order.
"You can't separate the Bible and prayer from school," says challenger Albert Howard, forty-five, "and you can't solve a spiritual problem with physical solutions. If you get parents tithing, the budget would balance and the schools would have no debt."
For proof, the senior pastor of the Ann Arbor Different Church cites Paul--"God gives seed to the sower and He multiplies all seed sown"--and Mark--"There is no man ... but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time."