Several Benzie Dems attended the state party’s nominating convention on April 15, where Plymouth attorney Dana Nessel won the endorsement for her candidacy for state attorney general. She defeated former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Pat Miles of Grand Rapids after nearly 10 hours of speeches and voting at Cobo Center. “I think the Democratic Party was ready for a more unconventional candidate and race,” said Nessel, who will be the first openly gay candidate to run for statewide office. “I was really excited to get so many new members signed up. There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the party in a way that we haven’t seen it for while.” There was an enormous amount of energy in the crowd of more than 6,700 people at the convention. “This is huge, even with the bad weather across the state,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon. “There’s just such a real enthusiasm that people are chomping at the bit to do something.
Also endorsed were Supreme Court candidates Megan Cavanagh and University of Michigan law professor Sam Bagenstos and for Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, who is unopposed. The endorsements will become official at the party’s summer convention in August. Benson is the CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and the former Dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.
The four candidates for governor will face each other in the August 7 primary election.