Schuette picks former state Rep. Lisa Lyons as running mate

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Bill Schuette is seen during the GOP's first debate, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Grand Raids, Mich. Schuette emphasized his endorsement from President Donald Trump and his plans to cut taxes and auto insurance rates during a Wednesday night debate hosted by WOOD-TV. (Michael Buck/Wood-TV8 via AP, POOL)

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette on Wednesday announced former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate, a key step for the current state attorney general on the road to the November election.

Lyons joined Schuette at a morning campaign event in Grand Rapids. That’s near her home in the Kent County community of Alto and where she works as county clerk.

Lyons served in the state Legislature from 2011-16. She’s the daughter of Dick Posthumus, Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff and lieutenant governor for former Gov. John Engler. Snyder cannot run again because of term limits.

Schuette said he has known Lyons for many years and in a release cited “her leadership on policy in the state Legislature.” He adds that he admires “her as a mother and wife with a great commitment to her family.”

Lyons, 38, said in a statement that she “did not hesitate” when Schuette asked to join him because she “worked too hard on Michigan’s comeback to let Gretchen Whitmer take us back to the Lost Decade,” referring to the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and the period a decade ago in which the automotive-heavy state shed hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a release that Lyons was “part of the failed status quo in Lansing that led our roads crumble and dirty water run through our taps.” Democrats also criticized cuts to K-12 public education she supported.

Whitmer, a former state legislative leader, hasn’t named her running mate. She was endorsed Wednesday for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to campaign with her in the weeks ahead.

Lyons was expected to join Schuette at similar events later in the day in Lansing and the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.

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