Clinton campaign reaches out to mothers in Lansing

Posted at 5:46 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 08:42:47-04

It's a sure sign that Michigan is a battleground state in this presidential election both campaigns are having events here this week.

On November 8th Elizabeth Allen knows who's she's voting for.

"We are electing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine but we're also electing their spouses," Allen said.

Over cups of coffee, she was able to speak intimately with one of those spouses.

"Anne understands what it's like to be a working mom and to juggle the act of mom and lawyer and all of the other things that go along with having children and being a working woman in today's world," Allen told Fox 47 News.

Anne Holton, a state judge in Virginia and wife of democratic running mate Tim Kaine met with a group of mothers and listened to what they were most concerned about.

"In this world sometimes you feel like your voice isn't heard and so having an opportunity to have a conversation is a gift," said one of the mothers, Kristine Kuhnert.

Wednesday, she and five other mothers got to talk directly with someone willing to hear their voices.

"It was just an honor and a treat to speak with these remarkable group of women who are doing what moms do everywhere -- multi-tasking," Holton said. "They've got issues they care about for their wider community."

Issues like maternity/paternity leave, crime, and childhood education.

The mothers are hoping Holton will take their conversation back to the campaign.

"To sit here and know that she's listening to what everyday people say and she's bringing it back to the campaign is very important to me as a voter," said Allen.

During the half hour coffee round table, Holton reminded the mothers just how important Michigan is to the Clinton campaign.

"Michigan like Virginia is a battleground state," Holton said. "It's a state where voters are going to determine who's the next president."

After speaking with Holton, Allen tells us she's more energized now than before.

"I think it's very important that we energize the base and that people don't take for granted that Michigan may go one way or another," Allen said.

Holton ended her Michigan trip in Grand Rapids where she had a round table on education. Chelsea Clinton will be back in Michigan Friday stumping in Traverse City.