Democrats nominate Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State
EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan Democratic Party on Sunday nominated Jocelyn Benson to run for Secretary of State, solidifying an endorsement it made at an earlier convention.
“I stand before you today to simply say I am ready. I believe the people of Michigan deserve a Secretary of State who will work as hard as they do, as hard as you all do,” Benson said, promising to work hard in the role.
Benson is a former dean of the law school at Wayne State University and authored a book on the roles of secretaries of state.
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters gave a speech nominating her, praising her for having written the book on the office she was seeking. He said he wanted somebody like Benson during a troubling time.
“I’m extremely concerned that our country, like in a number of other countries around the world, there is an assault on the idea, the very idea, of Democratic elections,” Peters said.
Benson, he said, was poised to protect that.
Benson herself said she was ready to hit the ground running and start working hard for the people of Michigan.
This is the second time the party has nominated Benson to the spot. She also ran in 2010, but was beaten by Ruth Johnson. Johnson is now term-limited.
Republicans this weekend nominated Mary Treder Lang, an accountant and Eastern Michigan University regent.