Schauer tours southeast Michigan shopping for votes

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

Detroit – — Mark Schauer, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, says he feels his campaign is in a good place with about a month left until the election.

"This is definitely not 2010. People are motivated," he said. "They are angry about what Rick Snyder's policies have done to them. They are ready for change."

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Eastern Market President Daniel S. Carmody and Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer on Saturday at Eastern Market in Detroit.

Schauer was joined by Detroit's affable Mayor Mike Duggan for a stumping stop at Eastern Market on Saturday afternoon.

The two greeted shoppers, both Detroiters and surburbanites out for fresh produce and homemade goods.

"When I'm governor, the people of Detroit and the mayor are going to have a friend in the governor's office," Schauer told Duggan as cameras snapped in front of his campaign bus.

The visit to the market lasted about 30 minutes. Earlier in the day, Schauer joined U.S. Senate hopeful Gary Peters, Attorney General candidate Mark Totten and other candidates from the Michigan Democratic Party at a rally in Pontiac. The event, organized by the African American Alliance, was focused on getting out the vote.

Later in the day, Schauer visited the Pittsfield Township Hall for a rally with the African American Alliance of Ann Arbor.

"We are all over the state directly engaging with voters, regular working people in Michigan who have seen Rick Snyder's economy work for the wealthy and not work for them," Schauer said. "We have 31 days and we're going to make sure we work hard and make sure people understand what the stakes are in this election."

Schauer and Snyder are running in a close race. The most recent Detroit News/WDIV (Channel 4) poll released Sept. 9, showed Snyder with a 1.8 percentage point lead.

On Monday, the Republican governor spent most of hour-long event in Kalamazoo touting his accomplishments in office and defending controversial decisions, such as signing a "right-to-work" law and levying the income tax on thousands of retirees' pensions.

"I've made some tough decisions," Snyder said during the first of 10 campaign town hall meetings.

Snyder and Schauer will square off Oct. 12 in a televised town hall meeting co-sponsored by The Detroit News.

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