State Democrats And Republicans To Gather This Weekend For Party Conventions

Feb 22, 2013

State Democrats and Republicans will meet this weekend to elect party leaders.

Credit WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

Officials with both parties say they’ve got to become more modern and tech-oriented.

Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer has held the job for 18 years. He’s facing a challenge from former state House contender Lon Johnson. The tight race has pitted party members against each other, and likely won’t be decided until members cast their votes.

Republican Bobby Schostak also wants a new two-year term as party chair. But he faces a challenge from Todd Courser, an attorney from Lapeer.

Courser has touted his Tea Party credentials in the race. But some self-professed Tea Partiers are throwing their support behind Schostak.

Democrats will cast their votes Saturday afternoon at Cobo Hall in Detroit, while Republicans meet in Lansing.