Mark Schauer announces his campaign for Michigan Governor

(WXYZ) - Former Democratic Michigan Congressman has announced he is running for Governor.

"We need a governor who will protect the middle class and invest in education to create good jobs for Michigan workers," Schauer said in a news release. "Rick Snyder has taken our state in the wrong direction. Snyder's school cuts and higher taxes on seniors and working families are hurting Michigan's economy. Today I'm taking the first steps to form a campaign for governor. I'm ready to run, I'm ready to work, and I'm ready to win in 2014. It's time to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the special interests."

Schauer is the former Representative for Michigan's 7th Congressional District, which consisted of all of Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, and Lenawee counties, and included most of Calhoun and a large portion of western and northern Washtenaw counties during his time in Congress.

He served in Congress from 2009 to 2011, losing his bid for re-election in 2010 to current Michigan Representative Tim Walberg.

Prior to serving in the US House, Schauer served in both the Michigan Senate and Michigan House. He was also a member of the Battle Creek City Commission.

Schauer is scheduled to speak tonight at the Macomb County Democratic Party's meeting at UAW Local 228 on Mound Road in Sterling Heights He will also attend the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.

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