Michigan Democrats poised to pick Dillon as new leader

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Democratic Party is poised to elect a new party chairman to succeed Lon Johnson, who is resigning to run for Congress.

The State Central Committee will meet Saturday in Port Huron. Delegates are expected to choose state Rep. Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids to lead the party.

Johnson last month announced his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District that includes all of the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. He was party chairman for more than two years.

Dillon, who is in his third and final House term under term limits, is expected to resign his lawmaking position. A special election to fill his seat could be scheduled at a later date.

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