Bernstein jumps into AG race

Richard BernsteinFarmington Hills attorney Richard Bernstein has announced his candidacy for the state attorney general’s office.

The 36-year-old Democrat, who is blind, leads the Public Service Division of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm.

From Bernstein’s campaign Web site:

Every day our streets become less safe, water and air less clean, pensions less stable, and health insurance less secure. Michigan’s consumer protection laws have been severely weakened. Our civil rights laws watered down. And now, our dire economy has made our most vulnerable citizens even more at risk. …

“We need a fresh start. We need an Attorney General who fights and wins for everyday people, and that’s the change I plan to bring to the Capitol.

“I know we can do a better job of protecting Michigan’s people. And I want to bring my record of independent-minded thinking, and a no nonsense approach to getting things done to Lansing. It is one thing to legislate, but another to litigate. As I travel around Michigan, I hear frustration with state government. A different approach is long overdue.”

Bernstein is a member of Wayne State University’s governing board. He’s been endorsed by Congressmen Mark Schauer, Gary Peters and John Conyers.

Berstein is competing with Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton for the Democratic nomination.

Republicans Mike Bishop, the Michigan Senate majority leader, and former Court of Appeals judge Bill Schuette, are slugging it out for the Republican nomination.

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