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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  • by Lacy on Aug 30, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Neither party will be able to recreate the job losses here. They need to bring the jobs back and stop the free trade agreement. We will never see high paying jobs again. I don't believe anything any of them say anymore. Michigan is the worst it has ever been. The only jobs are the ones paying 7 to 8 an hr and you drive 25 miles to hows that going to pay any bills? It doesn't it just gives you the pleasure of being able to say yes I have a job.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Aug 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Unfortuantely, the only jobs Mr. Bernero would know anything about creating would be Government jobs ... and this state has far too many of those as it is. Michigan needs massive cuts in Government in order to increase the private sector. The only way to do that is for elected officials to swallow their arrogance and admit they know little to nothing about running businesses and creating jobs, and to promptly get out of the way of the people who do. Those would be the real employers in our state.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2010 at 03:51 PM
    65 days until we can start having reforms to get michigan back to work. 65 days until we can start have people who care for michigan in office 65 days until we can get rid of the lackluster leadership of the democrat party.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2010 at 03:47 PM
    How can we fix the job loss problem?So many left this country.Leaving behind many jobless.I hate buying stuff over seas because many of those jobs use to be here.Many will never have the higher paying jobs they once had.The prices continue to go up in gas,food,utilities,rents,homes,and so on.Jobs well?They are needed so thousands wait.We may continue to see issues because there are two parties with different ideas.Not either one is totally honest with their promises.Till we have one party working for the people and do whats right for all.We can't have much future of much of anything.We hear them saying one thing and getting elected and doing another.They get nice pay checks and that's all that matters.With all that unemployment it makes so many angry.After all look at all that tax loss,that tax money pays the upper governments wages.It would be a shame if they had to take PAY CUTS.
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