Theoretically, the race for secretary of state is in danger of being overshadowed during the 2010 campaign by all the other important races on the ballot -- the governor, key state Senate races, attorney general, and Supreme Court.
But a woman seeking the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State will have no problem breaking through the clutter and attracting attention to the race. Jocelyn Benson is an energetic candidate who already has deep knowledge of the role of secrtary of state and passionately believes in the right to vote and the state's obligation to proactively protect it and even promote it.
Benson spoke at the Livingston County Democrats' 26th annual Winans Dinner on Sunday (May 3, 2009) at Lakelands Golf and Country Club, south of Brighton. She was a hit. And so were her ideas, including no reason absentee voting and audits of voting machine performance.
Benson is not a politician looking for a promotion, but a law professor with a background of working on voting rights projects.
She already is putting together a strong campaign, including working on getting coordinators in each of Michigan's 83 counties. Jordan Genso has the job in Livingston.
If Benson gets the nomination, she will be hard to beat.