Advance Notice: Briefs

Michigan snags 4 presidential candidates in 4 days

By: - May 2, 2019 9:53 am

Clockwise: Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar

Four Democrats hoping to be the one who beats President Donald Trump next year will be swinging through Michigan over the course of four days starting Friday.

As the Advance previously reported, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will headline the NAACP’s annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit on Sunday. That will be her first time campaigning in the Mitten State.

She’s added two more stops on Monday. She’ll do a Dearborn Public School visit, followed by an American Federation of Teachers and AFT Michigan member town hall in Detroit.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) will headline a Kent County Democrats’ fundraiser on Saturday in Grand Rapids, as the Advance first reported.

Businessman Andrew Yang, who has already campaigned in Michigan, will appear at the Detroit Shipping Company in Motown on Saturday.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is making her first Michigan campaign visit on Friday, addressing the National Organization of Black County Officials Economic Development Conference in Detroit. She will be back on May 18 to keynote the Michigan Democratic Party Women’s Luncheon.

Michigan has already had several candidates stump here, including Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.).

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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.