DETROIT, MI – Michigan Democrats after a hard-fought race on Sunday endorsed Dana Nessel in the race for Attorney General.
“I will campaign my very hardest not just on behalf of myself… but on behalf of all Democratic candidates. We’re going to win all the way up and all the way down the ballot,” she promised after cinching the nomination.
Nessel and Pat Miles were running against each other for the spot. A third candidate, Bill Noakes, did not end up getting enough signatures to be eligible.
More than 6,700 members of the Michigan Democratic Party attended the convention on Sunday, filling the Grand Ballroom to standing room only.
Officially, the party picks nominees at its convention in August. But the early endorsement convention held Sunday aims to galvanize Democratic support behind a single candidate early.
Traditional party power brokers like the UAW and AFL-CIO had backed Miles. Groups like the party’s cannabis caucus and progressive caucus backed Nessel in the race.
Nessel is an attorney who rose to prominence by challenging Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, ultimately winning at the U.S. Supreme Court level.
Nessel will be the Michigan’s first LGBT Attorney General if elected. In a nomination speech, Plymouth Democratic Club President Mary Maguire highlighted Nessel’s leadership on the U.S. Supreme Court case.
“Progress like this is made because people like Dana Nessel never give up,” Maguire said.
Nessel said she promised herself she would not lie to anybody in the course of campaigning, and she thinks her honesty resonated with people.
“Maybe some of the things that I said were unpopular. But at least they were honest, and that’s what I intend to do throughout the rest of the course of this campaign,” Nessel