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MSU Trustee Candidate to Speak at Dems’ Meeting

With sexual abuse scandals rocking Michigan State University, a Democratic candidate for a seat on the university’s governing board will speak in Livingston County next week.

Dennis Denno, of East Lansing, will be a guest speaker at the Livingston County Democratic Party’s executive committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

The university has been in near turmoil since the resignation of President Lou Anna Simon due to the fallout from the scandal surrounding former MSU employee Dr. Larry Nassar. In his recent trials in Ingham and Eaton counties, more than 150 women testified that he sexually abused them under the guise of providing medical care. At the same time, questions have been raised about how MSU football Coach Mark Dantonio and MSU basketball Coach Tom Izzo have handled allegations of assault involving their programs.

In each general election, Michigan voters statewide elect members of the MSU board of trustees. The board’s make-up currently is tied, with 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans. This fall, two seats currently held by Republicans will be on the ballot, and Denno is running for the Democratic nomination for one of them. Candidates are nominated at the political parties’ nominating conventions, which will be next August for Democrats.

Denno is owner of the political consulting firm Denno Research, LLC. He has worked as a legislative aide to Democratic lawmakers, served as the communications director for the Michigan Democratic Party, and in 2007 helped create a new union at MSU, the Union of Non-Tenure Track Employees. He is active with the Arab-American Democrats and has been endorsed by the Michigan Democratic Party Arab-American Caucus, the Michigan Democratic Party Faith-Based Caucus, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Michigan State University (MSU) Trustee Brian Mosallam, among others.

Also speaking will be Phil Volk, representing the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He will speak on building momentum for avoiding war with North Korea.

The meeting will be RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Attendees should park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium.

The party’s regular business meeting will follow.

For more information, please call 810-229-4212 or email

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)