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Schauer Filing Sets Up 2014 Michigan Governor Race

The field seems cleared for two sons of Battle Creek to face each other in the 2014 race for Michigan governor.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, former Congressman Mark Schauer filed papers Tuesday to run as a Democrat.

Other Democrats explored the possibility and dropped back in favor of Schauer, whose political career spans from the Battle Creek City Commission, to the state Legislature and Congress.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson says the early start – the 2014 elections are 17 months away – will help Schauer challenge Republican Governor Rick Snyder. 

    “It’s going to take a lot of organization,” he says.  “It’s going to take a lot of messaging. And it’s going to take a lot of money. To do that takes time.”

Schauer was among the thousands of protestors who demonstrated last December at the state Capitol against the Right to Work law signed by the governor. Snyder has indicated he intends to seek a second term, and is expected to formally announce later this year or early in 2014.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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