The Craig Fahle Show

The Challenges of Creating a Truly Representative Democracy

Wednesday April 9,2014

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There are about two dozen women among the 110 lawmakers in the state House of Representatives. Only four of the 38 members of the Michigan Senate are women. Most races and ethnicities are also chronically under-represented; including Asian Americans, Arab Americans, and Latino Americans. At times there are few or no lawmakers at the state Capitol from those groups of people.

Guests Jocelyn Benson, Dean of the Wayne State Law School, and Ken Coleman, Democratic political consultant and strategist, discuss why it's important to have diversity in the political system. Is representative democracy important? Would the voting public be better served if our political chambers looked more like us? How could the parties both be better about recruiting a diverse group of candidates? What is lost without good representation across the board?