Michigan finds itself at the forefront of the 2020 presidential election conversation.

Thanks to the slim victory voters gave to President Trump here in 2016, those running for president this time know they need to win the Great Lakes State if they want to reach the White House. So even though it’s still more than a year-and-a-half away until the next general election, contenders are coming to Michigan to talk about the issues.

It may seem ridiculously early. But Michiganians would be wise to engage in the process now. It’s these first months of the campaign when candidates will be fleshing out their platforms and crafting the policy ideas that they will be prioritizing. And workers must make sure that kitchen table issues that support families are the main topic of discussion.

Securing good-paying jobs that will remain in this country is important. Ensuring quality health care benefits are available for everyone is important. And guaranteeing that those who worked hard all their lives will be able to retire with dignity is important.