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Obama In Detroit Friday To Rally For Democrats; Free Tickets Available To Public

October 23, 2018 - 5:27 pm

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to land in Michigan later this week to campaign for Democrats on the November 6 ballot.

Obama will headline a rally in Detroit for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. House candidates and others 11 days before the election.

The event -- which will take place Friday at Detroit's Cass Tech High School -- was announced Tuesday by the Michigan Democratic Party.

"The stakes have never been higher -- healthcare is on the line, along with clean water, voting rights, and our very democracy itself with the chance to end gerrymandering on the ballot," Brandon Dillon, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, said in a statement. "We're thrilled to have President Obama here to help us take back our state and start building a better future for all Michiganders again."

Door will opening to the public at 5 p.m. While tickets are FREE to the public, they will be required for entry and will not guarantee admission.

Individuals may pick up one ticket per person (on a first come, first served basis) on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the following offices:

  • Detroit - 13th District: 18611 Warren Ave, Detroit
  • Detroit - 14th District: 18409 Livernois Ave, Detroit
  • Southwest Detroit: 7607 W. Vernor St, Detroit
  • Grosse Pointe: 17700 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe
  • Livonia: 37144 Six Mile Rd, Livonia
  • Troy: 1787 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy
  • Southfield: 17100 Twelve Mile Rd Suite 5, Southfield
  • Dearborn: 4960 Schaefer Rd, Dearborn
  • Sterling Heights: 37710 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
  • Ann Arbor: 3502 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor
  • Pontiac: 138 N. Saginaw Street, Pontiac, MI
  • Flint: 3518 Robert T. Longway Blvd. Flint, MI

All attendees will go through airport-like security, it is recommended you bring as few items as possible. No weapons, sharp objects, bags, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed. Cameras are permitted. Limited parking will be available off of Second Ave, south of the school.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will also attend the event. He leads a national Democratic group that is backing Michigan's anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal to put redistricting in the hands of a commission instead of lawmakers.

This comes after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied with top Democrats in Ann Arbor, while Donald Trump Jr. campaigned with Republicans in Pontiac last week. The president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, was in Michigan Tuesday to support gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette and Senate candidate John James.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.