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Democratic gubernatorial candidate announces running mate

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FLINT (WJRT) -

(04/03/14) - The democratic candidate running for the top spot in Lansing made a stop in Flint, Thursday.

There was speculation that Mark Schauer would pick Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his running mate. On Thursday, he made it official.

Both candidates say, if they're elected, education reform will be a major priority.

"We're both passionate about education. That's our top priority," Schauer said.

Schauer, a former congressman, expects to lead his party's challenge to Republican Govenor Rick Snyder this November.

"What rick Snyder and a very extreme republican legislature did was take a billion dollars of public education and systemically privatize education in Michigan," Schauer said.

Brown made headlines of her own last month. She was one of four county clerks to marry same sex couples during the brief window when it was legal in the state.

"I married couples that've been together for 35 years, looking at each other as if they'd been together for 3 months," she said.

Schauer applauded her for that - and for fighting for an economy that's open to all.

"We want to put out a welcome mat to everyone, not just a few elite people in the state, because we're losing people. We want people to come back and stay," Brown said.

The conservative political action group 'the Michigan Freedom Fund' has made statements about the Schauer-Brown ticket, comparing them to former Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm and calling her administration the 'lost decade.'

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