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Whitmer's Running Mate Is University of Michigan Official

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has announced that her running mate is Garlin Gilchrist II, who runs the University of Michigan's Center for Social Media Responsibility.

She said Monday that Gilchrist has a proven background in technology and community organizing, and is the "kind of young, innovative and progressive problem-solver" needed to help move Michigan forward.

The 35-year-old Gilchrist previously was Detroit's first Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology and also worked at the liberal group MoveOn.org and for Microsoft.

He narrowly lost a 2017 election to incumbent Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey.

Gilchrist is expected to be nominated by Michigan Democrats at their convention this weekend.

The selection of Gilchrist, who is black, would add racial and gender diversity to a top of the ticket dominated by white women.

ORIGINAL POST from Sunday evening:

The Detroit Free Press reports Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer will announce Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist II as her running mate on Monday morning in Lansing.

On Monday morning, we may learn who will be the Democratic choice for Lt. Governor.

Garlin Gilchirst II
Credit Facebook/Garlin Gilchrist Facebook page
Garlin Gilchrist II

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has scheduled the announcement for 9:30 this morning in Lansing… at a corner just a few blocks from the state capitol.

The Detroit Free Press reports she’ll name Garlin Gilchrist II who is the former director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit.

He is a Detroit native and the former social media manager for President Barack Obama.

Bill Schuette and Lisa Posthumus Lyons
Credit Cheyna Roth / MPRN
Bill Schuette, Lisa Posthumus Lyons

Last week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette named Lisa Posthumous Lyons as his running mate. She is a former State Representative who is now the Kent County Clerk.

Look for the latest details on the WKAR News Facebook or Twitter pages. 

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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