Benson expected to run again for Michigan secretary of state

October 16, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Election law expert Jocelyn Benson is expected to run again to be Michigan’s next secretary of state.

Benson, the former dean of the Wayne State University Law School, will announce her political plans Tuesday with stops in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing. She currently runs the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, which brings together athletes to improve race relations and drive social progress.

Benson was Democrats’ nominee for secretary of state in 2010 but lost to Republican Ruth Johnson. Johnson cannot run again due to term limits.

No other Democrat has entered the race yet. Republican candidates include Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot and accountant Mary Treder Lang.

Democratic and Republican activists will choose their nominees at conventions next summer.

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