AFSCME Endorses Bernero for Governor

Jun 07, 2010, 12:30 ET from Michigan AFSCME Council 25

Union Endorses Leyton for Attorney General, Benson for Secretary of State

DETROIT, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Albert Garrett, President of Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement:

"More than 300 AFSCME leaders from across Michigan gathered on Saturday in Dearborn," stated Garrett.  "These delegates unanimously endorsed Virg Bernero for Michigan Governor, David Leyton for Michigan Attorney General, and Jocelyn Benson for Michigan Secretary of State.  It is an honor and a privilege to support such distinguished and well-qualified candidates.

"Virg Bernero, currently Mayor of Lansing, is the best gubernatorial candidate for working families," continued Garrett.  "He is committed to the issues and values of working people throughout our great state, and will lead Michigan to an economic recovery which will support the needs of taxpayers and citizens, not just corporations.

"David Leyton, currently Genesee County Prosecutor, is eminently qualified for the post, and will be an Attorney General in the finest traditions of Frank Kelley," added Garrett.  "Jocelyn Benson brings to the office of Secretary of State unparalleled expertise in election law and advocacy for the rights of working people.  Her tenure will be in the finest traditions of Richard Austin, and will restore the pride and dignity of the office.

"On behalf of Michigan AFSCME, we thank these three distinguished candidates for their willingness to serve the working families of Michigan," concluded Garrett.

Albert Garrett is also Michigan Vice President for AFSCME International.  Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 90,000 public workers across Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers nationwide.  News releases issued by Michigan AFSCME Council 25 are available at

SOURCE Michigan AFSCME Council 25