Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president

Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president
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The sheriff of Michigan's Wayne County, which includes Detroit, endorsed Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Overnight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors MORE (D-N.J.) for president on Wednesday. 

"I have known Cory Booker for years and continue to be personally inspired by his comprehensive plans to take on criminal justice reform, combat gun violence and address the rise in violence incited by white nationalism,” Sheriff Benny Napoleon (D) said in a statement to the Detroit News.

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“He understands the problems facing urban communities and communities of color, and is ready to lead with compassion and strength," he continued. "I believe that the Democratic Party should nominate Cory because he is just the candidate we need to energize voters in places like Detroit, who are essential to winning back the White House in 2020."

Booker has struggled to gain traction in the crowded Democratic primary despite his high profile. The senator garnered just 2 percent support in a CNN survey released on Tuesday. 

The endorsement is notable due to Booker's proposed policies aimed at reducing crime and aiding inner-city communities. 

Michigan will also be a key state for Democrats in 2020 after President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE won there in 2016, the first time a Republican presidential nominee has won the state since 1988. Democrats head to the polls in the state's 2020 primary on March 10.