Whitmer to attend NAACP dinner headlined by Harris

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand event in Clawson, March 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is slated to be at the NAACP’s annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit on Sunday, her spokeswoman has confirmed to the Advance.

    Kamala Harris

    Presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is the keynote speaker. She also has two events scheduled in metro Detroit on Monday.

    Three other Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to be in Michigan over the next several days: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), businessman Andrew Yang and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

    U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) spoke at the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO) Economic Development Conference in Detroit Thursday morning, as the Advance reported.

    Whitmer posted a video on Twitter in February inviting presidential contenders to come to Michigan. She’s said that the 2020 election “runs through Michigan,” after the state was the closest in the nation in 2016 with now-President Donald Trump winning.

    In March, Whitmer attended a campaign stop for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

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