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Brenda Lawrence endorses Kamala Harris

By: - August 1, 2019 11:38 am
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Kamala Harris after the second debate | Andrew Roth

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), who just held a big fundraiser around the Detroit debates this week, on Thursday became the second Michigan member of Congress to endorse in the presidential race.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence | Andrew Roth

Lawrence, the 2nd vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, endorsed U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who was one of the candidates at her fundraiser. Lawrence is the ninth member of the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse Harris.

“I watched the debate last night and I have a criteria,” said Lawrence. “I’m looking for someone who has a command of the issues, someone who has the tenacity and the strength and courage to fight Donald Trump, and I’m also looking for someone who has compassion for this country. And I feel strongly about endorsing Senator Harris. And I feel that Senator Harris has that tenacity, the courage, and the compassion to be able to win this race.”

The U.S. senator said she’s “excited” to have Lawrence’s support.

“As a career public servant, including as an elected local official, she has long been on the front lines fighting for working families and their needs,” Harris said. “Brenda knows first-hand the issues that keep people up at night. I’m grateful that she stands with me and my 3AM Agenda to tackle those challenges with bold solutions that will have a direct impact on the lives of working families and communities across the country.

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Harris also earned on Monday the nod from the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. Harris is one of two African Americans running, along with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), announced he was backing U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president).

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.