EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce recommendations from our Statewide Screening & Recommendation Committee for Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State and Dana Nessel for Attorney General.
Following interviews this weekend where candidates from both parties were invited to attend, the committee voted to recommend Benson and Nessel to MEA members as the strongest candidates for public education in those two races. The committee is made up of MEA members from across the state, including K-12 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, and school retirees.
Benson, who MEA also recommended in the 2010 race for Secretary of State, is former dean of Wayne State University Law School and a national leader in election law and administration.
“There is no person who is better prepared to serve as Michigan’s next Secretary of State than Jocelyn Benson,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “Throughout her career, Jocelyn has supported public education and the importance of preparing young people to be engaged and informed citizens. She has devoted her professional life to ensuring equal access to vote in fair and secure elections. We are proud to stand with someone who is a true leader for protecting our voices and who values the role that school employees play in advancing our democracy.”
A graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, Nessel is managing partner of Nessel & Kessel Law, located in Detroit.
“Michigan educators fight every day to give our students the education they deserve, and it’s time they had a fighter on their side in the Attorney General’s office,” Herbart said. “Dana Nessel spent her entire career getting justice for the people who need it most. As Michigan’s Attorney General, she’ll be the advocate working families need – as opposed to Bill Schuette’s eight years of standing up for corporate special interests and political allies, like Betsy DeVos.”
As the state’s largest school employee union, MEA and its members – who live and work in every Michigan county – have a long history of political engagement and helping friends of public education win elections.