In another show of growing support, state Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit on Monday endorsed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Johnson cited Sanders’ lifelong commitment to civil rights and his work to support the working class and end economic inequality.
“Bernie’s concerns are the same concerns that I have for my constituents. His commitment to create jobs, reduce inequity and end the disparities between whites and blacks.” said Johnson.
“Sen. Sanders understands what is happening here on the ground in Michigan and his policies will directly support the residents of my district.”
Johnson’s Senate district includes northeast Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and all five Grosse Pointe communities.
“Sen. Johnson’s endorsement shows us that the people who know Michigan best, understand that Sen. Sanders is the right choice for president,” said Ryan Hughes, Michigan state director for Sanders’ campaign.
“Bernie’s career commitment to civil rights, his push to end inequity, his work to give workers a $15 hour minimum wage and his plans to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure will give Detroit and all of Michigan a future they can believe in.”
Bernie Sanders on Sunday also welcomed the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Donald W. Riegle, who represented Michigan in both the House of Representatives and the Senate from 1967 to 1995.
“The young people of America want their future back,” Riegle said in a prepared statement. “They refuse to become a lost generation. Bernie is showing them that they can use their own individual power to speak – and organize – and act together – with other concerned citizens of all ages and backgrounds to work as a team – to take back their own government – to break the stranglehold of the special interest money and control.”
To read Sen. Riegle’s full statement in support of Sanders, click here.