In Michigan
10:16 am
Sun April 18, 2010

Democrats nominate Benson and Layton

DETROIT, MI –

Michigan Democrats have chosen Wayne State University election law professor Jocelyn Benson to be the party's nominee for secretary of state on the November ballot. A special convention also tapped Genessee County Prosecutor David Leyton to be the nominee for attorney general.

More from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

AUDIO: Democrats hope the early endorsements will give their candidates an edge with more time to fundraise and reach out to the general public.

Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson says she's glad the nomination fight was settled early.

"I'm hopeful and excited that we can be united," Benson says, "and that we can work hard toward victory in November and to or me the general election begins right now."

The convention tapped Genessee County Prosecutor David Leyton to be the attorney general candidate.

"I will never forget that the attorney general is the people's lawyer and the people's advocate," Leyton says.

Leyton says his first act if elected would be to remove Michigan from the lawsuit joined by Republican Attorney General Mike Cox that challenges the constitutionality of the new national health care plan.

Republicans will plan to nominate their candidates for secretary of state and attorney general at a summer convention.

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