Slideshow: Beto O’Rourke at Michigan carpenters training center

Beto O'Rourke in Ferndale, March 18, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’ Rourke (D-Texas) made three stops in Michigan Monday after announcing his presidential bid last week. His swing came just after his campaign announced he raised $6.1 million on his first day — the most of any Democratic presidential contender so far.

O’Rourke said that Michigan would be a key state and stressed the importance of Democrats playing everywhere.

“Whether it’s a rural or urban county, we’ve got to show up. We have no hope of being able to serve those in this country unless we first show up to listen to them, to learn from them — as I just did here today in Ferndale — to be able to see things from their perspective,” he said Monday morning.

He started out his day in a Center Line coffee shop in Macomb County, before touring the Carpenters Training Center in Ferndale, where he got a look at carpenter training and held a roundtable with welding students.

And O’ Rourke added a stop in Detroit cafe before heading over to neighboring Ohio.

The Advance will have more coverage later.

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Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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