Democratic heavyweights raising money for Biden in Detroit

    Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd at a town hall event at Clinton College in Rock Hill, S.C. | Sean Rayford/Getty Images

    A group of Michigan Democrats is assembling at the home of Dennis Archer Jr. on Wednesday to raise money for former Vice President Joe Biden, marking the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s first official Michigan campaign stop ahead of next week’s debates in Detroit.

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, May 30, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    According to a campaign invitation obtained by the Advance, the reception will feature Archer Jr., the businessman and son of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Democratic former Gov. Jim Blanchard, and current Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who formally endorsed Biden in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary on Monday.

    Duggan told the Associated Press Monday that Biden “cares deeply about the city and auto industry and auto workers,” and “has a whole career of watching out for the working class in this country.”

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    The fundraiser will also feature Duggan’s director of constituent affairs, Mallak Beydoun, Detroit Medical Center Senior Vice President David Katz, Barry Goodman of personal injury firm Goodman Acker, Michigan State University Trustee Nancy Schlichting, and former Michigan Democratic Party chair Lon Johnson, among others.

    Biden will attend the NAACP’s presidential forum Wednesday morning, at their annual convention which is being held in Detroit this year. Every major Democratic candidate will appear at the Cobo Hall forum, including Biden’s closest rivals in U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

    Derek Robertson
    Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


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