(03/24/14) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette came "home" to Midland Monday morning.
After being greeted by Midland County's former top law enforcement officer, and many other familiar faces, the Republican incumbent returned to his roots to ask for their support.
"I'm running for re-election as Attorney General of the state of Michigan," he said.
Schuette told supporters his record speaks for itself.
"A record of being a voice for victims, a voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan," he said.
Schuette says that's why he quickly appealed the U.S. District Court judge's decision to overturn our state's same-sex marriage ban. A higher court granted that request - ultimately stopping gay marriages shortly after they started.
"The constitution, you can't pick and choose. It's not like the cafeteria line where you want to defend this one or not," Schuette said.
Democratic challenger Mark Totten - disagrees.
"I think the law discriminates against Michigan families. I think it also denies some of our most vulnerable children a loving home," he said.
Totten is from Kalamazoo, and has spent time as a federal prosecutor. He's currently a law professor at Michigan State University.
Totten says he wants to be AG to protect Michigan families.
"That means street crime, it also means pocketbook crimes as well," he said.
This was just the first of 25 stops Schuette plans to make this week. Totten says he's been making the rounds, too - and voters can expect to see much more of him when he takes a leave of absence from MSU at the end of the semester.
"Last year, I put over 25,000 miles on my '07 Ford Focus," he said.
Both candidates still have to be "formally" nominated by their parties at conventions later this year.
For a closer look at Bill Schuette, click HERE.
For a closer look at Mark Totten, click HERE.
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