Momentum grows as state party leaders respond to Blake's plans to win more local elections
BRONX, NY – Today, the Michael Blake for DNC campaign announced Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon has endorsed Blake in his campaign for DNC Vice-Chair. Dillon’s support follows the endorsement of current Vice-Chair, R.T. Rybak.
"I've seen Michael Blake win local elections in Michigan first hand, and help flip the house to Democratic control by managing three winning legislative races in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Muskegon," said Dillon. "We need a Vice-Chair that is focused exclusively on winning at the local level and no one is better to fill that role than Michael Blake." Accepting the endorsement, Blake said “I’m honored to have Chair Dillon's support, and look forward to helping build a program to support the Michigan legislature and across our country as we must build our bench of Democratic candidates at all levels.” Blake managed several Michigan state house races in 2006, helping flip control of the State House of Representatives, and served as Michigan Deputy State Director in 2008 where the campaign won all seven down ballot campaigns for their coordinated campaign effort.
Blake, a two-time campaign aide to President Obama, served as a White House Associate Director for Outreach to state and local elected officials, the African-American community & Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises. In 2012, he served as the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, the constituency vote effort for the campaign that helped win nine out of ten battleground states. Blake, a national Co-Chair for New Leaders Council, which trains millennials across the country, announced his candidacy last week, focusing on the party’s need to identify, train, and help candidates win local elections and embrace our party's diversity. Under the theme of "Leadership for Tomorrow", Blake laid out plans to Build our Bench, Strengthen our Party, and Embrace our Future.
Blake is a graduate of New York City public schools and Northwestern University, where he earned his degree in broadcast journalism before embarking on a career in public service. As a campaign organizer, he's helped win several local elections and flip the Michigan house to Democratic control. He is currently a member of the New York State Assembly where he has focused on economic justice, civil rights and criminal justice reform.