Wayne law prof declares for SOS

Democrat Joceyln Benson, a Wayne State University assistant law professor, is announcing her candidacy to become Michigan’s next secretary of state, reports The Associated Press.

Benson has campaign stops today in Detroit and Lansing, and Wednesday visits to Flint and Grand Rapids.

From Jocelyn’s Web site:

Benson is currently a full time Assistant Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School, where she teaches Election Law. She is also an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Election Law.

Being a member of the committee inspired her to create the Richard Austin Center on Election Law and Administration. The Austin Center, incorporated in October 2008, seeks to work with local election administrators to promote innovations and improve the election administration process in Michigan.

Prior to her appointment as a Professor, Benson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

From 2002-2004, she served as the Voting Rights Policy Coordinator of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, where she worked on the passage of the federal Help America Vote Act. In late 2009, Benson’s book, Democracy and the State Secretary of State, will be published by Ashgate.

The book highlights best practices of Secretaries from throughout the country and seeks to inform voters about how Secretaries of State from either side of the political spectrum can work to advance democracy and election reform.

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