Former President Barack Obama is expected to visit Michigan for a rally in Detroit this week to support the state’s Democratic candidates up and down the ticket, and members of the public can pick up a ticket to attend at several locations around the state Wednesday.
The rally will take place Friday at Detroit Cass Tech High School, 2501 2nd Ave. in Detroit, and doors will open to the public at 5 p.m.
The event is free for members of the public to attend, but a ticket is required. A ticket does not guarantee admission to the rally. Per the Michigan Democratic Party, tickets can be picked up on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.:
Detroit – 13th District: 18611 Warren Ave, Detroit
Detroit – 14th District: 18409 Livernois Ave, Detroit
Southwest Detroit: 7607 W. Vernor St, Detroit
Grosse Pointe: 17700 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe
Livonia: 37144 Six Mile Rd, Livonia
Troy: 1787 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy
Southfield: 17100 Twelve Mile Rd Suite 5, Southfield
Dearborn: 4960 Schaefer Rd, Dearborn
Sterling Heights: 37710 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
Ann Arbor: 3502 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor
Pontiac: 138 N. Saginaw Street, Pontiac, MI
Flint: 3518 Robert T. Longway Blvd. Flint, MI
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and running mate Garlin Gilchrist II and congressional candidates Matt Longjohn, Gretchen Driskell, Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens will all be in attendance, according to the Michigan Democratic Party.
Obama will be joined by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who currently chairs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
“We are thrilled to welcome President Obama back to Michigan, and again thank him for his steadfast work as president to save the American auto industry, the lifeblood of our state’s economy,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a statement. “The stakes have never been higher — healthcare is on the line, along with clean water, voting rights, and our very democracy itself with the chance to end gerrymandering on the ballot.”
Obama won the state of Michigan during both of his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and campaigned in the state in 2016 for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The planned visit comes roughly a week after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Michigan for an Ann Arbor rally with Whitmer.
On the Republican side, Lara Trump hosted several Michigan stops around the state for Republican statewide and Congressional candidates, and both Donald Trump Jr. and Vice President Mike Pence have campaigned on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James.