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Michigan Association for Justice Endorses Gretchen Whitmer for Governor

1,500-Member trade association dedicated to justice joins unprecedented growing movement for Whitmer

Union Members Protest Against the Right-to Work at Michigan's State Capitol

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LANSING, MICHIGAN – Today, the 1,500-member wide Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), announced their endorsement of Gretchen Whitmer for Governor. With this latest endorsement, the unprecedented early momentum behind Whitmer’s campaign continues as she builds a movement across Michigan to change the status quo in Lansing and make government accountable.

MAJ President Brian J. McKeen said that Whitmer is a proven fighter who knows how to mobilize people around our toughest problems, who fought to hold companies and individuals accountable, and is not afraid to take on anyone who stands in the way of Michiganders getting the justice they deserve.

“We are proud to endorse Gretchen Whitmer for Governor,” McKeen said. “With Gretchen, the people of Michigan will have a champion in their corner. Her past work and core values are proof that she will fight to keep the civil justice system fair and open and ensure that anyone who is seriously injured by misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in Michigan’s courtrooms.”

“The MAJ has been there for Michiganders to ensure that consumers are protected, to fight for civil rights, and to demand that a fair and level playing field exists in our state’s legal system,” said Whitmer. “I am proud to have their support, and together, we’re going to continue fighting for the people of Michigan because they deserve better.”

The Michigan Association for Justice, formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), is a trade association committed to ensuring all Michiganders have access to the civil justice system. It consists of over 1,500 plaintiff’s attorneys and staff.

Whitmer was one of the first candidates for governor in the entire country endorsed by EMILY’s List, and they are committed to leveraging their national fundraising network to ensure that Gretchen has whatever it takes to win this race. She is also supported locally by MI List.

Whitmer is also endorsed by organizations representing more than 170,000 Michigan workers, including: the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council; the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; the Michigan State Utility Workers Council; the Michigan Pipe Trades Association; the Michigan Joint Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 299.

Whitmer is also being supported by former Michigan Governor James Blanchard, former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Assistant Democratic Senate Leader Steve Bieda (Warren), Democratic Senate Floor Leader Morris Hood III (Detroit), Associate President Pro Tempore Hoon-Yung Hopgood (Taylor), Assistant Democratic Senate Caucus Chair Vincent Gregory (Lathrup Village), Senate Democratic Whip Curtis Hertel (East Lansing), Senator Rebekah Warren (Ann Arbor), Democratic House Leader Sam Singh (East Lansing), Democratic House Floor Leader Christine Greig (Farmington Hills), Assistant Democratic House Whip Erika Geiss (Taylor), Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (Detroit), Representative Leslie Love (Detroit), Representative Kevin Hertel (St. Clair Shores), Representative Patrick Green (Warren), Representative Pam Faris (Clio), Representative Tim Sneller (Burton), Representative Ronnie Peterson (Ypsilanti), Representative Jon Hoadley (Kalamazoo), Representative Tom Cochran (Mason), Representative Andy Schor (Lansing), Representative David LaGrand (Grand Rapids), and Representative Scott Dianda. 

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