Democratic Nominee for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Joins Detroit Today

Wayne State University

Jocelyn Benson

The midterm elections are just one month away. Democrats in Michigan are hoping for a wave election that will spell the end of complete Republican control of state government, which has lasted the better part of a decade.

Last month, GOP nominee for secretary of state Mary Treder Lang joined Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson about her candidacy.

Now, Henderson speaks with the Democrats’ choice for that position. Jocelyn Benson is currently the CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and the former dean of Wayne State University’s law school.

Benson talks about her platform, her goals, and about a statewide ballot proposal — Proposal 3, spearheaded by the group Promote the Vote — that seeks to increase voter access and participation in elections in Michigan.

I think they’re all good ideas having seen the fact that most other states already have these things in place,” says Benson.

It’s an important initiative,” she continues. “And if it passes, it’s even more important to have a secretary of state in place who has the expertise and knowledge that I do to make sure it’s implemented effectively and securely.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

Image credit: Bre'Anna Tinsley/ WDET

This post is a part of 2018 Elections in Michigan.

On November 6, Michigan voters will decide who will be the state's new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Some state House and Senate seats are up for grabs, and numerous initiatives are expected on ballots.

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