SOUTHFIELD (AP) — Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer announced Thursday that he has picked Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his running mate, describing her as a fighter for middle class families, education and equal rights.
Schauer announced his candidate for lieutenant governor at a news conference in Southfield, the first of three campaign stops. Schauer, a former congressman from Battle Creek, is challenging Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
“I’ve been looking for someone who isn’t afraid to speak up for what’s right,” Schauer said. “Make no mistake: Lisa Brown is a fighter and she knows how to lead.”
Schauer and Brown also appeared at news conferences in Flint and Grand Rapids.
Brown lately has been known as one of the four county clerks who issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples on a Saturday, less than 24 hours after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. A higher court subsequently suspended the judge’s decision while it takes an appeal from the state.
Schauer said Brown “demonstrated exactly the right kind of leadership” on gay marriage two weeks ago.
“I’ll never be afraid to speak up for what’s right, especially when it comes to taking care of our kids, seniors and the middle class,” Brown said.
Brown served four years in the Michigan House before becoming clerk in 2013. She drew national attention in 2012 for being barred from speaking in the House after using the word “vagina” during a debate over anti-abortion legislation.
Schauer highlighted Brown’s efforts on education and women’s issues while serving with the Democratic minority in the Legislature.
“She ... fought for good schools, and she led the charge, she led the fight against Rick Snyder’s cuts to our public schools,” Schauer said in Grand Rapids. “And when Lansing Republicans rammed through the most extreme anti-choice legislation, Lisa spoke out against it.
“She raised her voice to speak up for women, for all of us.”
Snyder is expected to keep Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as his running mate this year.