Dems open first lady visit to public

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

The Michigan Democratic Party is opening first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign rally Friday in Detroit to members of the public who get tickets in advance.

Obama will be in the Motor City to rally Democrats in support of U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial hopeful Mark Schauer at the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Friday for the rally, but the event won’t begin until 12:45 p.m., according to the Michigan Democratic Party.

Peters, a congressman from Bloomfield Township, is running against Republican ex-Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land from the Grand Rapids area to fill retiring Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.

Schauer, a former congressman and state legislator from Battle Creek, is challenging Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Both races are attracting out-of-state surrogates to stump for their party’s candidate. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, held a rally last week for Land and Snyder in Livonia.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who also ran for president in 2012, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held an unpublicized faith-based event with Land on Tuesday in Troy. Santorum later toured a Michigan Republican Party office in Troy, according to his political action committee, Patriot Voices PAC.

On Monday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential 2016 presidential contender, will campaign and raise money for Snyder.

Tickets to see the first lady can be picked up at the following Democratic Party offices in Metro Detroit:

■Detroit east side: 17243 Mack, Detroit

■Detroit west side: 18409 Livernois, Detroit

■Sterling Heights: 33804 Schoenherr, Sterling Heights

■Southfield: 17100 W. 12 Mile, Lower Level, Southfield

■Pontiac: 4 N. Saginaw, 2nd floor, Pontiac

■Dearborn: 23918 Cherry Hill, Dearborn

■Ann Arbor: 3810 Packard, Suite 230, Ann Arbor

(517) 371-3660