Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) is set to hold a town hall in Flint Wednesday afternoon following an appearance at a presidential forum for the national NAACP convention in Detroit.
The O’Rourke campaign confirmed the event that was first reported by MLive. O’Rourke is slated to first tour 100K Ideas, a nonprofit business incubator that’s helped businesses since the Flint water crisis.
“As a former small business owner, Beto understands the needs of entrepreneurs who are so often locked out of the exact resources their businesses need to continue to support their communities and the broader economy,” an O’Rourke spokesman said in a statement. “That’s why Beto is so excited to join leaders and innovators in Flint today to discuss the ways we can rebuild the community and local economy following the water crisis — starting with his plans to boost women- and minority-owned small businesses.”
O’Rourke campaigned in Southeast Michigan in March.
At the NAACP forum on Wednesday morning, O’Rourke will be joined by: former Vice President Joe Biden; U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro; U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
O’Rourke will be back in Detroit next week for the second round of Democratic National Committee debates on July 30 and 31.