Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer stated, “I am excited to endorse Kym Worthy for her re-election as Wayne County Prosecutor. Kym Worthy has been a bold and progressive leader for Wayne County for years. (Worthy photo from American Speakers Bureau/Whitmer screenshot from FOX 2 Detroit)






FILE - In this March 29, 2018 photo, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy takes bold moves dismissing charges against a wrongly acussed man who spent 40 years of his life in prison. The system failed him. There’s no question about it,”. “This is a true exoneration. Justice is indeed being done but there’s nothing that we can do ... to bring back those years of his life.” (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us USA News)

  Michigan Gov. Whitmer endorses Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy for re-election

A standard-setter who is bold, thoughtful and dedicated

DETROIT, MI - Saying she has been a creative leader for justice, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday endorsed Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in her re-election bid.

“I am excited to endorse Kym Worthy for her re-election as Wayne County Prosecutor. Kym Worthy has been a bold and progressive leader for Wayne County for years. From her trailblazing work on fixing an extensive rape kit backlog, to securing the first murder convictions for police brutality in the country, to tackling elder abuse, mental illness, alternatives to confinement, and justice for the LGBTQ+ community, Prosecutor Worthy has set the standard for ways to innovate in the criminal justice system,” said Gov. Whitmer.

She added: “Particularly in these trying times, as we look at options for justice reform, it's crucial that we elect a prosecutor who has dedicated her career to justice for Wayne County residents. I can think of no better person to lead at this moment in time than Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.”

Others who have endorsed Worthy include the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, UAW Region 1-A, The Black Slate, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, AFSCME Local 25, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, the 12th, 13th and 14th Democratic Congressional Districts and the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC. The primary will be held on August 4, 2020. A full list of her endorsements can be found here.

Worthy said she was honored to have Whitmer’s support as she looks to build on her efforts in criminal justice reform.

A lifelong public servant, Worthy has been lauded locally and nationally for her innovations, including creating a national model for addressing and testing rape kit backlogs — leading to 200 convictions; creating the state’s first unit dedicated to criminal case reviews — leading to 19 exonerations; and establishing units to address mental health, elder abuse, and LGBTQ and immigrant protections. She wants to build on those efforts by creating more police accountability, office transparency and community programs to support youths and reduce jail time.

As Wayne County Prosecutor for the last 16 years, Worthy oversees a $44-million budget and a staff of more than 300. In 2018, she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.





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