Two Statewide Candidates to Speak at January Meeting

A pair of candidates for statewide office will be guest speakers at the next meeting of Livingston County Democrats.

Jocelyn Benson, candidate for Democratic nomination for secretary of state, and Jordan Acker, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the University of Michigan board of regents, will speak at the party’s Jan. 25 meeting.

Jocelyn Benson has been a national leader in election law and administration for more than a decade. She wrote the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws, called, Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process.

She served as dean of Wayne State University’s law school, where she froze tuition, expanded access to scholarship funds and set up programs to provide free legal services for veterans.

She is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit.

Jordan is a University of Michigan graduate and an attorney. He has worked as a staffer for the House Judiciary Committee where he worked on issues such as civil rights and the illegal torture practices of the Bush administration. He worked on a team that helped expose and end those practices.

He also worked in the Obama White House on issues including modernizing immigration policy and supporting law enforcement after the Boston marathon bombing. And he was an advisor to the secretary of Homeland Security.

He returned to Oakland County in 2013 where he practices law with his father.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. The business locks the door promptly at 7 p.m.

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