More than 30 influential Detroit and area ministers today endorsed Rick Snyder for governor, citing his focus on jobs, commitment to restoring Michigan’s central cities and promise to bring an end to the urban-versus-suburban battle that has plagued the state’s political scene for far too long.
“I am backing Rick Snyder because of his business background and his ability to bring jobs back to our cities,” said Pastor Joseph Jordan of Corinthian Baptist Church in Hamtramck. “Rick exhibits the kind of leadership the state desperately needs.”
Pastor Henry Fuller, Jr. of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Flint added: “We are at a juncture in the nation and state where too many people want to go in different directions and it is tearing us apart – I think we need the broadest leadership we can get. Rick Snyder is the guy who can bring people together. I thank the Father for giving Rick the temperament to lead us through these difficult times.”
Snyder, who lived in the Detroit area while working as an accountant for tax firm Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers, said rebuilding the city is essential to rebuilding the state.
“Michigan will not be a great state again until Detroit is on the path to being a great city again,” Snyder said.
Snyder has made helping Michigan’s urban cities a cornerstone of his campaign for governor. In a policy whitepaper available on his campaign website, Snyder proposes a series of reforms aimed at improving transportation, providing better police protection, supporting the arts and breaking down barriers to redevelopment. The full plan is available to read or download at www.rickformichigan.com under the “Plan and Vision” section.
“Young college graduates increasingly want to live and work in big cities – even if only for a short while before starting a family – and we are losing them to other states,” Snyder said. “Chicago is home to the largest population of MSU students in the world – imagine how much better off the state would be if all that talent and energy was here in Michigan,” Snyder said.
At a campaign stop in Detroit, Snyder thanked the ministers for their endorsement and pledged to work together as partners to Reinvent Michigan.
Ministers endorsing Rick Snyder:
- Pastor Jerome Warfield, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
- Pastor John Duckworth, Gethsemane Baptist Church, Westland
- Pastor Stephens, New Birth Baptist Church, Inkster
- Pastor Eric Moore
- Bishop E. Vann, 2nd Ebenezer Church
- Pastor Christopher Brooks, Evangelical Ministries
- Bishop Murphy, New Mt. Moriah
- Supt. Marcus Ways, C.O.G.I.C.
- Pastor Henry Fuller, Wolverine Street Convention
- Pastor W. Cheeks, St. Peter’s Miss Baptist Church
- Pastor L. Lester, New Grace Baptist Church
- Reverend Coletta Vaughn
- Reverend Oscar King, III, Northwest Unity Baptist Church
- Pastor Joseph Jordan, Corinthian Baptist Church
- Reverend Dee Dee Coleman, Russell Street Baptist Church
- Reverend Edward Knox, New Mt…Vernon Baptist Church
- Reverend Allyson Abrams, Zion Progressive Baptist Church
- Reverend Lovejoy Johnson, New Bethlehem Baptist Church
- Reverend James Younger, Wayside Baptist Church
- Reverend Richard White, Great Moron Baptist Church
- Reverend Sandra Fox, Russell Street Baptist Church
- Reverend Edward Holmes, Renaissance Baptist Church
- Reverend Ruth Mosley, West Side Unity Church
- Dr. Connie Calloway
- Reverend Jim Holley, Historic Little Rock Baptist Church
- Reverend Luther Puckett, Green Grove Baptist Church
- Reverend Samuel Turner, Mayflower Baptist Church
- Pastor Derrick Pitts, New Genesis of Hope C.C.
- Pastor Darryl Hubbard, Living Flow Ministries
- Elder Walter Murphy, Elim Christian Center
- Pastor Jeff Lang, Southside Christian Church
- Pastor Carnell Shumnate, New Testament Baptist Church
- Pastor Donald Wilson, House of Prayer & Worship
- Reverend William Revely, Holy Hope Baptist Church