Mark Schauer makes campaign stop in Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Mark Schauer makes campaign stop in Mid-Michigan

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With the November election fast approaching, former Saginaw mayor Gary Loster and members of the Concerned Citizens of Saginaw hosted a "Get The Vote Out" rally Tuesday night. They say they want to give local voters, like Canika Owens-Robinson, a better idea of who the candidates are, and what they stand for.

"I did gain some knowledge this evening. We see some people on the television, or we may see a couple of blurbs here and there. But I did get to know some of the candidates more on a personal level, " Owen-Robinson said.

Candidates like Godfrey Dillard, who's running to be Michigan's next secretary of state.

"My father was one of the original 100 Tuskegee Airmen," Dillard told local voters.

Mark Schauer also attended the rally. The democrat is hoping to be replace republican governor Rick Snyder.

"Michigan is ready for change and we together are going to deliver that change in 28 days," Schauer said.

He says Snyder has cut about a billion dollars from public education. Schauer says restoring that money will be his number one priority if he's elected governor. Schauer says many cities are struggling to survive and he thinks he could do a better job and getting them on the right track.

"Assigning emergency managers, that's not a plan. The current governor is fighting fires. We need leadership in the governor's office to partner with mayors and city councils and community leaders to make sure we have strong healthy livable communities," Schauer said.

Voters who attended the rally say they know they have a big responsibility ahead of them. And after the rally, many feel they'll be able to make a more informed decision.

Snyder's office issued a statement calling the Schauer campaign a persistent lie. It says the governor is focused on his message of 300,000 new private sector jobs, the lowest unemployment in six years, and four balanced budgets.

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