Mark Bernstein wins endorsement of Michigan Nurses Association in bid for U-M Board of Regents
"Mark Bernstein is the best kind of leader — someone who speaks up for what's right but also listens," Katie Oppenheim, chairwoman of the U-M Professional Nurse Council, said in a statement.
Bernstein, an attorney and the longest-serving member of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, earned three degrees from U-M, including a bachelor's degree, law degree and master of business administration.
He is president of the Sam Bernstein Law Firm, a leading plaintiff's trial firm based in Michigan.
"Mark Bernstein is the best choice for U of M Regent because he is passionate about priorities that matter to working people," John Karebian, executive director of the Michigan Nurses Association, said in a statement. "He shares the values of our Main Street Contract for the American People, including jobs at living wages, access to health care and quality education for all. Mark will advocate for Michigan's workers and families as a member of the Board of Regents and make sure their voices aren’t drowned out by CEOs and corporations."
Sixteen-year U-M Board of Regents veterans S. Martin Taylor, D-Grosse Pointe Farms, and Olivia Maynard, D- Goodrich, will not be seeking re-election in November.
That means two spots on U-M's eight-seat governing board and decision-making body are up for grabs.
Taylor, a retired DTE Energy executive, is endorsing fellow Grosse Pointe Democrat Shauna Diggs, a dermatologist, and Maynard, current Michigan Prospect president, was endorsing former Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry, but Cherry announced he's dropping his bid.
Other contenders, in addition to Bernstein, include Republicans Ronald Weiser, founder of McKinley Real Estate Management; Rob Steele, a physician and unsuccessful 2010 congressional candidate; and Dan Horning, a former regent who served from 1994 to 2002.
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