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Mark Schauer announces Lisa Brown as his running mate

Mark Schauer and Lisa Brown at today's announcement.
Jake Neher

Mark Schauer has made it official. He has chosen Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown to be his running mate in this year’s race for governor.

Schauer, a former congressman from Battle Creek, is the likely Democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Snyder in November.

“I’ve been looking for someone who will be a lieutenant governor who fights for good schools, for women, for families, for our kids, and a strong middle class,” Schauer said Thursday morning at Oakland Community College in Southfield. “So I’m here today to announce that I’ve found just that person, and her name is Lisa Brown.”

Brown is a former Democratic state representative and is currently serving as Oakland County Clerk. She is one of four county clerks who opened their doors on a Saturday last month for same-sex couples to get married. That’s after a federal judge ruled Michigan’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Brown says her focus as lieutenant governor would be on improving education and boosting the middle class.

“Mark and I share the same values and vision for our great state,” said Brown. “That’s why I’m so proud to stand side-by-side with Mark in this election. Let’s get to work. Let’s change the direction of our state. And let’s build an economy that works for the middle class.

Schauer’s choice for his running mate will have to be approved by a party convention after the August primary.

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