LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan Democrats have nominated candidates for the November ballot in their drive to wrest control of state government from Republicans.
Candidates for attorney general, secretary of state, lieutenant governor and Supreme Court were chosen Sunday in Lansing. They ran unopposed.
“One thing (Gov.) Rick Snyder has done is unified and energized the Democrats. They’re angry about cuts to retiree pensions. They’re angry about ‘right to work for less,”’ gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer told 24 Hour News 8.
Schauer’s running mate is Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown. During the convention Sunday, both took aim at Snyder.
“Rick Snyder, he’s making a difference, my friends. He’s making the wrong kind of difference,” Schauer told the crowd.
“Rick Snyder’s policy’s are only working for the wealthy and for big corporations. Snyder ran as a tough nerd but he was trough on all the wrong people,” Brown said when it was her turn to speak. “…He’s been tough on the LGBT community by continuing to waste taxpayer money fighting against marriage equality and denying legally married couples state benefits.”
Schauer and Snyder were in a statistical tie in many polls as of Sunday.
Democrats hope to win at the top, but many would also like to see a broader shift of control — specifically in the state House.
“Number one priority for a lot of Democrats is to elect Mark Schauer, and I believe that as well,” state Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) said. “But Mark is only going to be able to do so much if he doesn’t have partners in the legislature. We’re working hard to retake a Democratic majority.”
Democrats also decided Sunday that Michigan State University associate law professor Mark Totten will face Attorney General Bill Schuette.
“We need to first of all stop the extreme crusades that Bill Schutte has been waging really one after another in the state that have left every family less safe,” Totten said.
Detroit attorney Godfrey Dillard will face Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
Dillard told 24 Hour News 8 that if elected, he would focus on “protecting the right to vote; eliminating suppression of the vote; campaign financing, making sure they’re accountable; and being a consumer advocate for the people.”
Democrats on Saturday picked two candidates for the high court along with nominees for the state education board and university boards. State appeals Judge William Murphy’s selection for a Supreme Court nomination drew some opposition because of his anti-abortion views, but no one ran against him.