“Michigan dean’s possible Congress run comes with risks”

Jack Lessenberry:

There’s no doubt that Jocelyn Benson has a stunning record of accomplishment — or that she is one of the potentially hottest political properties in Michigan.

Three years ago, she lost a race for secretary of state — but led the Democratic ticket in what was a huge Republican year.

Now, she faces a difficult choice. She has one of the most important and visible legal jobs in the state. Barely 36, she is interim dean of Wayne State University’s law school. She is seen as likely to get the job full-time — if she decides that’s what she wants.

But she is thinking about leaving that job to risk her career in a run for Congress in a district that is normally Republican, where she would likely face a contested Democratic primary.


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