White re-elected to Board of Regents; Behm wins other seat


Regent Kathy White and fellow Democrat Mike Behm have been elected to fill two eight-year terms on the Board of Regents.

Kathy White


Mike Behm


Dana Thompson

According to unofficial results from Tuesday’s general election, White, an incumbent, received 1,352,347 votes and Behm received 1,263,196.

Republicans Ronald Weiser and Rob Steele received 1,258,361 and 1,254,325 votes, respectively.

Meanwhile, Dana Thompson, clinical professor of law and the founding director and a co-professor of the Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic, was one of two candidates elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors. The Democrat was the second-highest vote getter with 1,245,865 votes.

White of Ann Arbor, who currently serves as board chair, will return for a third term that begins Jan. 1, 2015. Behm of Grand Blanc is a newcomer to the board, succeeding Regent Julia Donovan Darlow of Ann Arbor, who did not seek re-election.

White is a professor of law at Wayne State University specializing in patent law and contracts, and also is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. She was previously elected to the Board of Regents in 1998 and 2006.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University, a law degree from the University of Washington, a Master of Laws degree from the George Washington University Law School, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Behm has practiced law in Michigan for 22 years, and he co-founded the Level Field Institute, which measured how much each auto manufacturer contributes to the domestic economy.

He graduated from U-M with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and received his law degree from Wayne State.

Other candidates and their vote totals are:

• Christine Schwartz, U.S. Taxpayers — 84,709.

• James Hudler, Libetarian — 76,332.

• John Jascob, Libertarian — 71,737.

• Joe Sanger, U.S. Taxpayers — 59,705.

• Ian Swanson, Green — 57,962.


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