Bill Schuette picks Lisa Posthumus Lyons as running mate in Michigan governor's race

Schuette is fresh off Republican primary win

Bill Schuette

DETROIT - Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette has selected former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate.

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

She 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.

Schuette will face Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, a former legislative leader, in the November election. She hasn’t named her running mate.

Snyder cannot run again because of term limits.

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

Schuette beat three other candidates vying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. He beat Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines on Tuesday.

Democrats running were former legislative leader Whitmer, ex-Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed and entrepreneur Shri Thanedar.

Schuette, a former congressman, state lawmaker and appellate judge, was endorsed by President Donald Trump. He says he would cut the state income tax, like Trump reduced federal taxes.

The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser on Schuette’s victory:

"Bill Schuette has dedicated his life to fighting for the people of Michigan. As Attorney General, Bill has been a tireless advocate, tackling some of our state’s most important issues including human trafficking, opioid addiction, the processing of rape kits, and defending our schools from violence. I am proud to stand with Bill Schuette and know that as our next Governor, he will lead our state into another decade of prosperity. He has my full support and the Michigan Republican Party will work tirelessly to ensure that Bill is victorious in November."

The Michigan governorship is a top target for the Democratic Party, which is eager to make gains in the Midwest, where Republicans have dominated state governments and which helped President Donald Trump take the White House in 2016.

View all Michigan Primary Election results here.

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