LANSING – The Democratic National Committee has approved the Michigan Democratic Party’s 2012 Delegate Selection Plan, which includes holding a presidential caucus on May 5, 2012. Under the plan, Michigan Democrats will not be participating in the 2012 presidential primary election – a primary which is costing taxpayers $10 million.
“Under this plan, Michigan Democrats will not be participating in the presidential primary,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. “We call on the Michigan Republican Party to do the right thing and join with us to cancel this unnecessary primary, and save $10 million which can be used to fund vital services.”
“Both political parties should hold caucuses at their own expense and the state should use the $10 million to save hundreds of jobs of teachers, firefighters, and police officers,” added Brewer. “If Republicans truly care about being fiscally responsible, they will cancel the primary and save Michigan taxpayers $10 million.”
The MDP will hold caucuses at approximately 200 locations around the state on May 5th. District-level delegates and alternates will be elected at congressional district conventions on June 2, 2012 and statewide delegates and alternates elected at a State Central Committee meeting on June 23, 2012. The MDP’s decision to hold a caucus in May will provide Michigan with the largest delegation it has ever sent to a national convention – over 200 delegates and alternates.