Detroit presidential candidate forum canceled

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    A presidential candidate forum scheduled to be held in Detroit this weekend has been canceled.

    Only candidates who consistently polled at 5% or higher were to be invited to the forum, which was announced  in May by Michigan United and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

    This rule would be the death of the forum, as Michigan United announced in a Facebook post today that “not enough presidential candidates agreed to attend the event to make it viable.”

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    A training on how to build electoral power will replace the forum, the group said.

    Michigan hosted a two night Democratic presidential debate in July and was recently selected to host one of three general election debates next year. The next Democratic presidential debate is slated for Tuesday in Westerville, Ohio.

    Other groups, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, also have held candidate forums in the Detroit area.

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    The national steering committee for the forum included groups such as Fair Immigration Reform Movement – Action, National Partnership for New Americans and People’s Action.

    Several other groups co-sponsored the event, including: SEIU Healthcare Michigan,SEIU Local 1 Detroit, Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit & Vicinity, Michigan Muslim Community Council, Indivisible Huron Valley, Michigan Nurses Association, Good Jobs Now, Genesis Church, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Birmingham Temple, Street Democracy, Emgage, MADE Institute, New American Leaders Project, Fems for Change, Restaurant Opportunity Center, ACTION of Greater Lansing, Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrants Rights, Southpaw Michigan, Congress of Communities, Michigan United, We GP, Righteous Sons, Arab American Civil Rights League, Monroe County Opportunity Project, Michigan Alliance of Latinos Moving Towards Advancement (MI ALMA).

    Andrew Roth
    Andrew Roth is a regular contributor to the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.


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