Sunday, February 28, 2010

Livingston Dems Endorse Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State

Livingston County Democrats' executive committee has become the latest county party to endorse Jocelyn Benson for the party's nomination for Secretary of State in 2010.

Benson has been cross-crossing the state for a year, telling voters why she is the best person to protect their right to vote and the fairness of elections in the crucial office of Secretary of State.

Benson, a full time assistant professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, has been a long-time worker on behalf of voter protection -- from working to investigate white supremacist organizations in the South to testifying before Congress to helping develop statewide voter protection programs in 21 states for the 2004 elections.

She wants to make Michigan a leader in election administration again by instituting early voting and same-day voter registration. Helping people vote is essential for democracy, and Benson knows that.

A sign of Benson's strength is the recent decision by Democracy for America to endorse her. This puts Benson in a strong position going into the Michigan Democratic Party's special endorsement convention April 17 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The party does not nominate candidates for secretary of state (or attorney general) until August, which gives them little time to organize an effective statewide campaign. But this time the party will "endorse" candidates in April, giving them extra time to build their organizations, raise funds, and talk to voters.

Benson is a dynamic speaker and was a big hit when she spoke at the Livingston County Democratic Party's annual Winans Dinner in May 2009.

Livingston County Democrats are proud to endorse her!

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