Peters earns Congressional Black Caucus PAC nod

    Gary Peters | Andrew Roth

    U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on Tuesday scored the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBC PAC). It cited Peters’ “consistent record of service and effective work for Michiganders.”

    “Sen. Gary Peters has been an advocate for working families throughout his career during his time in the House and Senate and in his personal life,” said Yolonda Addison, CBC PAC executive director. “His dedication to service whether that was making sure families have enough money to send their children to college or joining the Navy Reserve, he continues to prove his leadership.”

    CBC PAC also pointed to Peters’ efforts to promote job training and help small businesses, reform the criminal justice system and to address the water crisis in Flint, as well as working to expand opportunities for career and technical education, legislation to help small businesses protect intellectual property and criminal justice reform advocacy.

    The group works to increase the number of African Americans in the U.S. House and Senate and also supports non-Black candidates who “champion our interests, and promote African American participation in the political process,” according to its website.

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    Peters, who is white, is seeking a second six-year term. His most visible potential opponent is Farmington Hills businessman John James. James, a Black Republican who challenged incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) in 2018. She defeated James 52 to 46%. 

    The Advance reported earlier this month that Peters outraised James in 2019 in preparation for the 2020 contest. Peters took in $11.7 million; James secured $8.2 million.   

    Peters said he’s “honored” to earn the CBC PAC’s backing.

    “Whether it’s protecting access to the ballot box, fighting for social and environmental justice, expanding access to quality education, skilled trade opportunities and apprenticeship programs to get good-paying jobs, or ensuring health care is more affordable – I am always committed to forging a more inclusive society for all Michiganders, and building an environment where every American has an opportunity to fulfill their dreams,” he said.

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.