Lavora Barnes Elected MDP Chair as Thousands Attend State Convention

DETROIT — Thousands of Michigan Democrats attended the Party’s State Convention on Saturday, February 2nd, at Cobo Center in Detroit, including 2,850 credentialed delegates (voting-eligible members) tasked with electing the Michigan Democratic Party’s leadership, as well as officers for their respective caucuses and districts.
 
Current MDP Chief Operating Officer Lavora Barnes was elected to the position of Chair for a two-year term. Following her election, Barnes addressed the convention: 
 
“The vast majority of us made the decision long before today that we are going to strengthen, improve, and add even more voices, voters, innovation, and ideas to the movement we are building together. Movements go forward, not backward, and this Michigan Democratic Party is only going in one direction: full-steam ahead.”
 
The Party’s statutory officers, also chosen at the State Convention, include Mark LaChey (1st Vice Chair) and Fay Beydoun (2nd Vice Chair).