Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers Endorses Jocelyn Benson for Michigan Secretary of State

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers Endorses Jocelyn Benson for Michigan Secretary of State

Candidate will be in Traverse City Wednesday

Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers has endorsed Jocelyn Benson for Michigan Secretary of State. Benson will officially be nominated in August after receiving the early endorsement of nearly 7,000 delegates at the party’s spring convention.

“We need a Secretary of State who is committed to serving the people, holding politicians accountable and who will make sure our elections system remains the best in the world,” Carruthers said.  “As Michigan‘s next Secretary of State Jocelyn will work to implement her goals, which include getting customers in and out of branch offices in 30 minutes or less whether they reside in Traverse City or Trenton.”

Benson, who will be in Traverse City on Wednesday, June 20 to meet with friends and supporters, said she is proud to have Mayor Carruthers support.

“Michigan is an exceptional state with exceptional people who deserve exceptional service,” Benson said.  “Mayor Carruthers knows his community and I am proud to have his support in my bid to be Michigan’s next Secretary of State.”

Benson’s plan includes:

  • A 30-Minute Guarantee for services
  • A ban on fee increases
  • Protecting voting rights
  • Election security
  • Ethics and Transparency and in government.

About Jocelyn Benson

Jocelyn Benson has more than a decade of experience as a national leader in election law and administration.  She is the author of Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on the role of the Secretary of State in enforcing election and campaign finance laws, and promoting fair, accessible and secure elections.

Jocelyn has a proven track record of success in leading institutions, cutting costs and improving services. As the former dean of Wayne State University Law School she froze tuition, expanded access to scholarship funds for all students, and bolstered the school’s reputation and bar passage rates. She also established programs to promote government oversight, provide free legal services for veterans, and help aspiring entrepreneurs participate in the economic revival of Detroit.

Jocelyn recognizes the challenges facing veterans and military families.  In 2012 while her husband, Ryan Friedrichs, served in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade she joined with four other military spouses to establish the Military Spouses of Michigan, a network dedicated to providing support and services to military spouses and their children.

Jocelyn is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit.  She serves on several national boards including the advisory board of iCivics, a non-profit founded by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and dedicated to engaging students in meaningful civic learning.

Learn more about Jocelyn Benson and her plan for Secretary of State at

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