Biden spending the day in SE Michigan Friday

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Grand Rapids, Oct. 2, 2020 | Andrew Roth

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be in Michigan for the second week in a row.

    Biden’s campaign announced that he will deliver remarks in Southfield on health care Friday afternoon. Biden plans to attend a virtual meeting with African American faith leaders afterward. In the evening, he is scheduled to do an event in Detroit urging Michiganders to vote early in person at their local clerk’s office or satellite voting center.

    The Democrat last campaigned in Grand Rapids on Oct. 2.

    Michigan, which narrowly voted for GOP now-President Trump in 2016, remains a hot commodity. Trump has a Muskegon rally slated for Saturday, his first Michigan event since being diagnosed with COVID-19. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Both Biden and Trump also have dispatched surrogates to Michigan in recent weeks.

    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.