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Thousands to Attend Major Governor Candidate Forum
in Detroit this Saturday

More than 2000 registered to attend March 3 event at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

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Detroit, Michigan – Candidates for the Michigan’s next Governor will appear at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. Participants include Bill Cobbs, Abdul El-Sayed, Gretchen Whitmer and Patrick Colbeck. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL4) will be a special guest speaker.Rev. Dee Dee Coleman, President of the Baptist Pastors Council of Detroit and Vicinity, and Detroit Free Press journalist Niraj Warikoo will serve as co-moderators.

This event is being convened by more than 70 coalition partners including Michigan United, the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, Inc., Emgage and the SEIU. Topics to be addressed include criminal justice, immigration, education, health care, environmental justice and workers’ rights reforms. Candidates will respond to questions from Michigan residents directly impacted by these issues.

The People’s Governor Forum
Bill Cobbs, former Vice President/GM for Xerox Professional Services
Abdul El-Sayed, former Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department
Senator Gretchen Whitmer, (D-East Lansing) former Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-7th Livonia)
U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL 4)Keynote speaker


Rev. Deedee Coleman, President Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit,
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, Co-moderator

Community members asking questions:

Saidou Ba (ABISA): DACA recipient who will ask about immigration reform
Valerie Jean & Wendy Sykes (Michigan United): Community members impacted by pollution who will ask about the environment
Ronald Simpson-Bey (Just Leadership USA) and Arthur Howard (Detroit Action Commonwealth): Returned citizens speaking to criminal justice reform
Farah Erzouki (ACCESS): Leads Affordable Care Act Navigator program, will discuss health care
Lois Robbins (North Oakland Indivisible), Shannelle Davison & Barbara Carr (Care Workers in Action): Care workers to discuss importance of affordable quality elder care, child care
Jason Hackney: Farmington Hills teacher discussing importance of education
Michigan United is a broad, statewide coalition working to reform our broken immigration system, advance housing justice, protect the rights of low-wage workers and develop leadership. More information can be found at the Michigan United’s website:

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