Michigan Democrats Rally At State Convention

By: John Lund Email
By: John Lund Email

With Lansing mayor Virg Bernero and Southfield mayor Brenda Lawrence topping the ticket, Democrats finished mapping out a battle plan for what they hope is a successful upcoming November election.

"65 days. Are you ready to fight for our jobs in Michigan?" Rep. Mark Schauer (D-7th) asked delegates.

Bernero's mantra, "Main Street, not Wall Street," was echoed throughout his speech. He said, if elected, he would create a Michigan main street bank.

"We'll provide the loans to thousands of small businesses who create two out of every three new jobs and can't get credit right now because Wall Street has given up on Michigan and left us for dead," Bernero said.

Bernero said it would also offer low interest student loans and partner with local banks.

Fellow Mayor Lawrence also made her debut after officially accepting the party's nomination for lieutenant governor.

"As mayors we are on the front line where policies of a broken government playout in our daily lives of our citizens. The buck truly stopped with us as mayors," Lawrence said.

Delegates were energized by candidates speeches, and hope the momentum carries into November.

"They both have run very successful operations in their respective cities. Virg for five years. Brenda for nine years. And they know how to balance budgets," delegate Alex Morgan said. "And in these economic times, that's exactly what we need in the governor's mansion."

The feeling of enthusiasm is mixed with a sense of urgency

"We see the desperation and hopelessness that comes from losing our jobs because of the nerds on Wall Street," Lawrence said, a dig at the self-proclaimed tough nerd, the very one she's bernero can upset, businessman Rick Snyder.

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