Lansing State Journal Editorial: Jocelyn Benson has best combined experience and knowledge for Secretary of State
Jocelyn Benson’s experience in law and elections as well as her ideas for customer service make her the most compelling candidate for Michigan Secretary of State.
In 2010, she literally wrote a book on the role after conducting interviews with people who have held the position across the United States. It is for these reasons that the LSJ Editorial Board endorses Benson for Michigan’s next Secretary of State.
Benson brings her combined experience and wealth of knowledge to make Michigan a national leader – both in election security and inclusiveness of services – as the next Secretary of State.
Benson has served as a poll worker in Detroit and has seen firsthand the challenges faced by voters – especially active military and others voting absentee – and is committed to making it “easier to vote, harder to cheat.”
Her “30-minute guarantee” pledge for service in branch offices recognizes the value of citizens’ time.
She says she will advocate for laws that foster transparency and security in the voting process to make sure no eligible voter is turned away, which will be aided by her experience as a graduate of Harvard Law School and former dean of the Wayne State University Law School.
Mary Treder Lang has good ideas to continue the momentum in technology and online services that have been gained by her predecessor. Her experience as a certified public accountant and in online security are solid background for a candidate.
On balance, however, Benson brings her combined experience and wealth of knowledge to make Michigan a national leader – both in election security and inclusiveness of services – as the next Secretary of State.
– an LSJ editorial