Stateside
4:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Lon Johnson talks about what's in store for Michigan Democrats

One month ago, Mark Brewer lost his job.

In February, the longtime leader of the Michigan Democratic Party withdrew from the race for party chair at the Democratic Party's convention in Detroit.

Lon Johnson replaced Brewer as the elected chairman.

Johnson is from southeast Michigan and recently lost a race for a state House seat in 2012.

He's worked on Congressman Dingell's campaign. He currently lives in Kalkaska.

For Johnson supporters, he represents a new era of ideas and a fresh energy that the state's Democratic party needed.

Though Michigan has a history of Democrats in Congress - like Senator Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin - the state is controlled by Republican lawmakers.

Due to friction between Democrats and Republicans, Johnson supporters are hoping he will create a new vision for the party that will ignite progress within the Party.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Chairman Lon Johnson about the challenges he is facing after the first month, and what the future holds for the Democrats in Michigan.