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Clinton Stepping Down, Record Number in MI Step Up to Run for Office

June 6, 2008

Ann Arbor, MI – Hillary Clinton is stepping down from her quest for president this weekend, but her historic campaign may be one of the reasons Michigan is also making history - by turning out candidates for other offices in record numbers.

Barbara Fuller with MI List, an organization that works to elect Democratic women to office in Michigan, says she believes the Clinton and Obama campaigns have inspired Michiganians to dare to run for office, even in the face of great challenge.

"There are people who are stepping forward and becoming candidates in a way that is unprecedented."

Fuller says potential candidates often hold back because of doubts about whether they can raise the money, or that anyone will vote for them. Now, in her view, there is a new sense of confidence.

"There are lots of primaries in Detroit. You can go in and look just like I can. They are huge, with as many as 15 candidates in some primaries."

Fuller says Democrats are challenging Democrats, and Republicans are challenging Republicans, in local races across the state. She doesn't believe candidates are running out of anger or frustration with the current economy. Rather, she senses more people feel they can run for office, because of the national examples being set.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MI