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Gretchen Whitmer names Detroit native, Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate

Democratic candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer, chose her running mate today.

Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist will join Whitmer on the November ballot. Gilchrist is a former director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit. He was also endorsed by progressive groups in a prior campaign for Detroit City Clerk.

Gilchrist is already being criticized for lack of experience in the Legislature. But Whitmer says Gilchrist has the right priorities.

“I have more experience than the last two governors combined. Experience is not a problem in state government," Whitmer said. "What is a problem right now is we don’t have people who know how to get things done.”

Gilchrist is the only person of color at the top of the ticket. He – along with candidates for Attorney General and Secretary of State – will be officially nominated at a convention this weekend.

Whitmer’s Republican opponent for governor, Bill Schuette announced his running mate last week. His lieutenant governor pick is former state Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons.

Stateside's Cynthia Canty spoke with Chad Livengood of Crain's Detroit Business about Gilchrist. 

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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