Election 2012: Will New Democratic Regents Challenge Tuition Increases At University Of Michigan?

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Two Democrats appear to have won eight-year terms on the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

In a race that was too close to call until Wayne and Genesee counties reported their results Wednesday morning, the Democrats — one a lawyer and the other a doctor — defeated GOP contenders, according to an analysis of preliminary results.

Mark Bernstein, of Ann Arbor, and Shauna Ryder Diggs, of Detroit, will begin their terms in January. They replace outgoing Democrats Olivia Maynard and S. Martin Taylor.

Bernstein led one of the most proactive regent campaigns in recent history, with regular office hours, position papers on his website and advertising on billboards and a campaign bus. He's a graduate of the U-M Law School.

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