Dems target Oakland County in bid to flip House, Senate seats to blue

By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press

In November’s topsy-turvey midterm election, a “blue wave” of liberal voters could unseat some Republicans, even in traditional GOP strongholds like Oakland County.

That’s the hope of a group of mostly women based in Bloomfield Township, called Fems for Dems. Their goal is to engineer upsets for Democrats in numerous political districts held by Republicans – a feat called “flipping” a seat -- for offices from county commissioner all the way up to U.S. Congress.

Founded in 2016 by self-confessed political neophyte Lori Goldman, the group boasts 1,000 activists and draws 20 to 70 volunteers each Wednesday night at Goldman’s house for “phone banking." They pick four to five races each time and make mass calls to voters in those districts, imploring them to study the issues and to vote, and of course to consider supporting the Democrat, Goldman said. "We work with the intention that every race can be flipped to a Democrat," Goldman said.

State Senate: The 12th District:
Challenging for the seat is Democrat Rosemary Bayer, whose website calls her "a seasoned technologist, IT engineer, small business co-owner and valued leader at several large tech companies." Bayer is a co-founder in 2000 of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, a networking and mentoring group based in Southfield with hundreds of members. Bayer is clearly hoping that women will vote for her, saying on her website: "There are only four women in the Michigan Senate. And, because of term limits, if no other women are elected in 2018, there will be one lone female to represent the concerns we as women hold so dear."

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