IRON MOUNTAIN — Presidential candidates are counting down the final days to Iowa, and here in the U.P. the local elections are about to start heating up. The Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party is touring the Upper Peninsula this week to sit down and talk about current issues with local voters. ABC 10’s Sarah Mac caught up with him today in Iron Mountain.
It’s the final countdown… to Iowa.
Presidential candidates are counting down to the big event and state politicians are gearing up for the upcoming local elections. The Chair for the Michigan Democratic Party visited voters in Iron Mountain as a part of a tour of the U.P. to sit down and talk out some current issues.
Chair for the Michigan Democratic Party Brandon Dillon says, “At the national, state and local levels we stand for a few basic principals: opportunity, equality and education. We want to make sure everybody has an opportunity no matter who they are what family they come from, or where they live. We want to make sure that everybody’s treated equally.”
A popular issue is government transparency, because of recent events in Flint – and that’s not the only concern the recent Water Crisis has caused. Many are now worried about Line Five, the oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac – and Michigan Dems say the pipeline should undergo its own investigation.
The Democratic Chair says, “I think there’s many people concerned about Line Five, they want to make sure that that is inspected, to make sure that it’s safe, and I know you’ll be hearing a lot about that from candidates and others here who understand that if we have a disaster we’re all in big trouble.”
Dillon says that the party will focus on other issues that pertain to the working class. He adds that the democratic candidates are going to do their best to separate themselves from Republicans.
“People are still struggling with jobs that don’t pay as much as they used to, students that aren’t able to find a job at home after they graduate from high school,” Dillon adds, “We are the party that cares about the Middle Class and working people and increasingly by the policies that they pass they are demonstrating clearly that they are on the side of corporations and billionaires, and that’s going to be a clear dividing line at the national, state and local levels.”
It’s going to be a big year for voters both on the national and local levels. Dillon says that he hopes the democratic candidates continue to run friendly campaigns and focus on the important issues.