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2014 Democratic ticket: Schauer, Brown, Dillard, Totten

by: ScottyUrb

Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 14:20:01 PM EDT

As expected:  

“There’s nothing more important than the fundamental right to vote, to make sure that democracy works in the state,” said Dillard. “It’s not just a question of their right to vote, but the right for the vote to count.”

Dillard also said he would audit state campaign finance rules to ensure transparency in the elections process and wants to make secretary of state offices more welcoming for residents.

He's got quite a resume, by the way.

This news ensures three things:
1. Democrats will have solid choices for each of the major statewide offices this year.
2. Unity will define the MDP convention three weeks from now.
3. The streak of Democrats nominating at least one African-American on the ticket will continue. Not since 1966 have Democrats nominated an all-white ticket.

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The 1966 Democratic ticket, all white that it was, had four interesting people on it.

For Governor, the legendary and controversial Zoltan Ferency, who was state chair, but after his resounding defeat to George Romney left the party to form the Human Rights Party. He eventually returned to the party and sought the 1982 nomination for Governor, losing to Jim Blanchard. At the time of his early death at age 70, he was working on a proposal to create unicameral proportional state legislature.

For Lt. Gov, Zoltan picked party activist John Bruff, a lawyer from Macomb County who later was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees and served a long tenure as a Circuit Judge in Macomb. He is in is late 80's, I believe, and living in Macomb.

Our Secretary of State nominee, for the last of his run, was the legendary James H. Hare. First elected in the Democratic sweep of 1954, he won reelection in 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962 and finally in 1966. He ran for the Gubernatorial nomination in 1960, losing to Lt. Governor John Swainson, and retired from public office in 1970, whereby Wayne County Auditor Richard Austin was elected to the post.

Lastly, our AG candidate was the Eternal General. Nothing else need be said about the man who was the finest AG the state has even seen, and likely will ever see unless term limits are repealed at some future time...Frank J. Kelley. They don't make 'em like him any longer, and we all suffer as a result.

As a side note, while the Supreme Court isn't the ticket, as such, the first African-American to sit on the state's highest court was Otis Smith, who was named by John Swainson to fill a vacancy and served for six additional years.

More on Zolton
Thanks for the history -- but there is much more.

Zolton didn't leave the Democratic Party immediately.  In 1970 he ran again for Governor but this time in a four-way Dem primary.  One of my earliest political memories is of the Ingham County Dem picnic that summer in Onondaga which was the first time I saw Zolton speak on the stump.  Two of the other candidates were also there; the only one missing was Sander Levin, who sent his younger brother.

Zolton was the HRP candidate in 1974.  Between 1976 and 1978 there was a change in state law that eliminated minor parties from the ballot in 1978 and he ran again in the Democratic primary.  Sen. Bill Fitzgerald, the establishment choice, was so lackluster that Zolton began to creep up in the polls and the powers-that-be freaked out and poured resources into Fitzgerald's campaign.

In 1980 Zolton was elected to the Ingham County Commission but gave up the seat for another run for Governor in 1982.  He ran in the Democratic primary when Debbie Stabenow was first elected to the State Denate in 1990, was elected to the East Lansing City Council in 1991 and died in 1993.

He also ran for Supreme Court in 1972, 1976 and 1986 and was competitive each time.

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He needs to get out there
Ruth Johnson has been steadily dismantling the SOS offices while running videos in the remaining ones telling what a good  job she's doing.  Someone needs to get out and let the uninformed know what a hack she is.

Godfrey Dillard
Seriously? Really? This isn't going to end well. The fact that the party is pumping him up as the one is concerning and bizarre. Now we can have Kwame's attorney on the statewide ballot great.




Got a better choice who is actually interested in running?
We had no one before Dillard was convinced to switch from AG, where he'd have caused a floor fight, to SOS.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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The Matty Moroun connection is not good
Also, Republicans just LOOOVE to take whacks at "trial lawyers," no matter what office they're running for.

But with Jocelyn Benson staying on the sidelines we really have no one else (at the very least she should be running to replace Debbie Dingell on the Wayne State Board of Governors, assuming Deans of the University are allowed to do that).

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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Anyone with a pulse
There were better choices and the fact that none of them could be successfully recruited speaks volumes.

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So tell me again
why we need a two-day Convention?

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