PRESS RELEASE from Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee
June 8, 2007
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Michigan Leaders Endorse Clinton

Hillary Clinton received the endorsements of more than a dozen leading Michigan officials and community leaders today on the eve of her trip to Detroit to address an AFL-CIO forum Saturday.

"At a time when America is desperate for experienced leadership, Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who can hit the ground running on her first day in office," said former Michigan Governor and U.S. Ambassador to Canada Jim Blanchard. "Her combination of toughness and vision make her uniquely qualified to be President."

"Hillary Clinton is a woman of vision and action," said Wayne County Commission Chair Jewel Ware. "She will be a champion for manufacturing and our key industries. And she will bring an improved qualify of life for Michigan and for all of America."

Lansing civic leader and Michigan State Trustee Joel Ferguson said, "Hillary Clinton has devoted her life to expanding opportunity for all Americans. She is a leader Michigan can trust to address our priorities -- strengthening our economy, creating and protecting jobs, improving education and demanding universal healthcare. Hillary has been tackling the tough issues facing our country for three decades. No one would be a better partner for Michigan and its workers, and no one is better prepared to be President."

"I am grateful for the overwhelming support I've received in Michigan," Clinton said. "These community leaders will be critical to spreading our message of change from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula."

Leading Michiganians Endorsing Hillary Today

Today's endorsements represent Hillary's growing support in Michigan, and include:

-Former Governor Jim Blanchard and Janet Blanchard
-Joel Ferguson, Civic leader, Michigan State Trustee
-Jewel Ware, Chair, Wayne County Commission, and Jesse Long-Bey
-Virg Bernero, Mayor, Lansing
-Hon. Dianne Byrum, Former State Representative
-Hon. Jim Barcia, State Senator
-Rev. Harold Hampton, City Councilman, Benton Harbor
-Florine Mark, Businesswoman
-Barbara Rom, Managing Partner, Pepper Hamilton
-Michael Hodge, Principal, Miller Canfield
-Archie Bailey, Chair, Genesee Board of Commissioners
-Ken Lampar, Democratic Activist, Macomb County
-Larry Owen, Former Consul General, Bermuda and Faylene Owen, MSU Trustee
-Zina Kramer, Businesswoman, and Michael Kramer, Attorney
-Hon. Barry Howard, Retired Oakland County Judge
-Francis Brouillette, Attorney, Iron Mountain
-Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Entertainer, Member of the Four Tops
-Ted Gatzaros, Detroit Developer
-Greg Morris, Detroit Businessman