Michigan Democratic Party chairman won’t seek re-election

December 13, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon won’t seek re-election to his position.

Dillon, a former state lawmaker from Grand Rapids, announced his decision Wednesday. Democrats will choose a new leader at a convention in February.

He has led the party since 2015.

Democrats last month flipped the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices at the same time for the first time since 1936 and made gains in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Democrats also flipped two congressional districts and a state Supreme Court seat, and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow won re-election.

Dillon says he’s proud of the winning operation built with chief operating officer Lavora Barnes. He says the party’s in its strongest position in decades and it’s time for another leader to take the party to “the next level.”