Reflections Magazine Issue #54 - Fall 2000 - Page 48

Siena Heights University alumni enjoy election victories by Steve Ott iena Heights took pride in some election day victories as University graduates won national congressional, state supreme court, university board of trustees and county sheriff elections. Here are a few elected alumni; write and tell us about more! Darrell Issa ‘76 won a U.S. Representative seat in California’s 48th U.S. Congressional District. Issa, a Republican, beat Democrat Peter Kouvelis. Issa founded Directed Electronics Incorporated, the industry-leading manufacturer of automobile security systems. Issa and his wife, Kathy, live in Vista, California. Justice Alice Robie Resnick ‘61 of the Ohio Supreme Court retained her judicial seat. Resnick underwent a much-publicized battle to serve a third term on the Court, facing off with 8th District Court of Appeals Judge Terrence O’Donnell, a Cleveland Republican. Resnick, a Democrat, lives in Ottawa Hills, Ohio. Dorothy Gonzales ‘78 retained her seat on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Gonzales, a Democrat, is originally from Lenawee County and now lives in East Lansing. When she was appointed chairperson of the Board in 1999, she became the first Mexican American and the first Hispanic woman to chair a major Michigan public university. Janet Allhouse Curtiss ‘63 won the Lenawee County Commission District 2 election, beating opponent Carol Tuckerman. Curtiss, a Democrat who lives in Onsted, is the assistant friend of the court for Lenawee County. She has worked for Lenawee County for the past 30 years. Larry Richardson ‘76 upset longtime Lenawee County Sheriff Richard Germond. Richardson, an Adrian police detective, is believed to be the first African-American person to run for a Lenawee County office. A 32-year member of the Adrian Police Department, he was the first African-American man to be hired by the department and was a member of the group that worked to reinstate the county’s chapter of the NAACP. Sheriff Germond, a Republican, had been in office for 36 years.