Candice Fortman (left), a Detroit resident and media executive; Piper Carter (right), an organizer, environmental justice advocate, and entrepreneur who worked on the 2012 Obama campaign. Collage illustration: Renald Louissaint; Photography: Rikki Wright.

Searching for the Other Midwestern Swing Voter

Spoiler: She’s Black and lives in Detroit

Wendy S Walters
Published in
15 min readOct 29, 2019

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FFor two evenings in late July, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debated at Detroit’s Fox Theater, often invoking appeals to a mythical…

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Wendy S Walters
ZORA
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is the author of Multiply/Divide: on the American Real and Surreal and two books of poems.