“Benson appoints new elections head to replace outgoing director”

Detroit News:

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has elevated her legal policy director to become Michigan’s next elections director. 

Jonathan Brater will replace Director Sally Williams when she retires at the end of the year, Benson said in a Monday statement.

He is also the former counsel the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, a liberal group at New York University. At the Brennan Center, he focused on “modernizing elections in partnership with secretaries of state around the country,” Benson’s office said.

Brater, the department’s legal policy director, has worked alongside Williams since Benson, a Democrat, appointed him early this year. He is former executive editor of the University of Michigan’s Michigan Law Review. 


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