As the debate begins to heat up between our three Democratic candidates for governor, we thought it would be fun to see who you plan on supporting in the primary.
Please be reminded that the results of this poll DO NOT constitute an endorsement from the Bay County Democratic Party it is also not meant to be an accurate representation of our party's view on the candidates.
Participants can only vote once.
The Michigan Democratic Party endorsed two candidates this weekend during the party's Endorsement Convention. Candidates were endorsed for the Secretary of State and Attorney General offices.
Both candidates were chosen on Saturday by more than 2,000 party members, who attended the convention at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
Wayne State University law professor, Jocelyn Benson, won the endorsement of the Democratic party by a 95% to 5% margin.
Benson was running against the current Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey.
In the race for Attorney General, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton beat Attorney Richard Bernstein by a very small margin, receiving 52% of the delegate vote compared to 47% that went for Bernstein.
The MDP endorsement doesn’t guarantee that Leyton or Benson will be the ultimate nominee. That decision will come in August when the party meets for the state convention to officially pick their nominees.
Here is the text from his speech, which he delivered today in a press conference in Marquette:
The people of Northern Michigan have provided me with the honor of representing them in Congress for the past 18 years. I am truly grateful for their support.
I have the distinct honor of serving as your Congressman longer than any other member in modern times - longer than Bob Davis, Phil Ruppe, or John Bennett.
When I first ran for Congress in 1992, I campaigned on a pledge to make affordable, quality health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans. I promised the people of the First District that I would not accept the insurance that Members of Congress receive – the Federal Employees Health Benefit Package – until all Americans could have access to that same quality of care. For the last 18 years, I have kept that promise.
Since the day I took office, I have fought to improve the quality and accessibility of health care for people throughout Northern Michigan, and across this country. Despite many set backs, in the process and in politics, I never gave up hope, and I never gave in. As a result, we’ve made significant progress.
Today, in Northern Michigan, eleven Community Based Outpatient Veterans Clinics have been established to provide veterans with the care they need and deserve.
The is a reminder to all members, please make sure your party membership is current
by Friday, March 19. You MUST
be a current member (must renew yearly) if you want to be able to vote in the MDP's Endorsement Convention (other than precinct delegates, candidates and elected officials) on Saturday, April 17th at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
The purpose of the Convention will be to endorse candidates for Secretary of State and Attorney General. Information on current candidates can be found on our 2010 Candidates
page. The Endorsement Convention will be held the same day and at the same location as the Jeff-Jack Dinner.
The Endorsement Convention Agenda is attached below.
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This year's Bay County Democratic Party Chicken Dinner was a great success. The room was full of committed Democrats in Bay County ready to fight for a Democratic victory in 2010!
Party members and elected officials were joined by a host of speakers including:
Attendees to the event were reminded and thanked for the great democratic success in the 2008 election and were told not give up and keep fighting for another great victory in 2010. State Senator, Jim Barica, was this year's recipient of the Tony Bielawski Award, because of his year's of unwavering service and commitment to the county party.
- U.S. Senator Carl Levin
- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
- U.S. Congressman Dale Kildee
- U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak
- State Senator Jim Barcia
- State Representative Jeff Mayes
- Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer
- Gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero
- Attorney General candidate David Leyton
This was a great event and a big "thank you" goes out to all the people who helped organize this event! The next BCDP event will be the Spring Fling, which will take place on May 7, 2010.
GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan — Dan Kildee officially dropped out of the race for Michigan governor this morning. The former county treasurer and chairman of the county's Land Bank Authority told The Flint Journal Thursday he planned leaving the race to avoid splitting the support of organized labor and the votes of progressives in the Democratic primary."It is now clear that the effort to unite progressive organizations and organized labor around a single candidate will not occur," Kildee wrote in a statement released this morning. "With me in this race, that support will be splintered."Continue reading...
Speaker of the House Andy Dillon today announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor.
"My vision for Michigan's future is based on creating good jobs in growing sectors of the economy and in making sure the people of Michigan are prepared for those jobs," said Dillon.
Dillon's announcement kick-off in Redford was the first of several stops around the state, including Lansing Community College - West Campus in Lansing and Hangar42 Studios in Grand Rapids. The two-day tour will culminate with a special event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
Andy Dillon is currently serving his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives and his second term as Speaker of the House.
Other Democratic candidates include state Rep. Alma Wheeler-Smith, former Genesee County Treasurer Dan Kildee and current Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
More information on Andy Dillon can be found on his website.
The Michigan Democratic State Central Committee approved the Endorsement Convention for April 17th. This Convention is the first of its kind in Michigan and should give our Democratic candidates an advantage in the upcoming election.
At the Endorsement Convention, we will endorse a candidate for Attorney General and for Secretary of State - months ahead of when they will be officially nominated in August. This will help our candidates in their campaign efforts by giving them more time to meet voters, travel throughout the state, and raise more money to defeat Republicans in the general election in November.
Join us on April 17th to endorse our candidates at what is sure to be an exciting weekend for Democrats.