Dick DeVos today announced that Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson would join him on the ticket to bring change to Michigan this November. Johnson is a former state legislator, county commissioner, social worker and public school teacher who has devoted her career to public service.
'Ruth Johnson joins the Team for Change ready to help lead Michigan's turnaround,' said DeVos. 'Her decades of public service at the state level and in Michigan's second largest county make her qualified to assume the Governorship if necessary. She is a strong leader with a distinguished record of reform and of doing the right thing for Michigan's children, families and taxpayers.'
Johnson is the first woman elected clerk in Oakland County's 176-year history. She reformed the office, providing many online services to residents and saving Oakland County taxpayers millions of dollars. Her resume includes serving three terms as a state legislator in Lansing where she was Assistant Whip in the House. Johnson's experience as a county official and state legislator means she understands the unique local and municipal government challenges Michigan residents face and can get the job done in Lansing.
'Standing here today it is impossible to share completely all of the thoughts and feelings that I have,' said Johnson. ''Honored' and 'privileged' don't even scratch the surface. Next to the day that I married my husband Don and the birth of our daughter Emmy, this is the greatest honor. I'm ready to work with Dick to bring much-needed change to our state. We will bring opportunity back to Michigan.'
Johnson was named as DeVos' nominee today at a press conference in Lansing.
I think this is a safe pick. It geographicaly balances a ticket, as Johnson is a woman from Oakland County, as well as a moderate (who probably isn't too liberal for the base). As far as I know, this won't alienate people. Personaly, I don't care that much who is picked for LT, as long as it isn't someone like Joe Schwarz who will alienate the base.