Saturday, January 20, 2018

Secretary of State & U-M Regent candidates to speak to Livingston Dems
    A pair of statewide candidates will speak to Livingston County Democrats later this month, including Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson.
     Benson, former dean of the Wayne State University Law School, will be the featured speaker at the party’s monthly meeting set for Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell.
     Joining her will be Jordan Acker, candidate for the Democratic nomination for a seat on the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
     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. 
    Acker 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. 
    Meeting attendees are advised to park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. Attendees should know that the business locks the door promptly at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
     For more information, call 810-229-4212 or email

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