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Tudor Dixon selects former Rep. Shane Hernandez as running mate in race for Michigan governor

(CBS DETROIT) -- Michigan GOP governor candidate Tudor announced on Friday that she has selected former state Rep. Shane Hernandez as her running mate for the November election.

Hernandez, who was chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee, ran for the U.S. House in 2020 but was unsuccessful in winning the Republican primary against U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain.

The husband and father of two served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2017 until 2021.

"Shane Hernandez as lieutenant governor will help to improve our schools, create safer communities, and improve our economy," Dixon said in a statement. "Like me, Shane is concerned about the impact rising prices as having on our families."

Dixon's selection came one hour before the 5 p.m. deadline to submit her choice for a running mate, ahead of the party convention on Aug. 27.

She won the Republican primary earlier this month, defeating four males candidates, and now takes her campaign to November gubernatorial election against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.

With Hernandez as her running mate, Dixon said they will "put front-and-center the issues families care about," which includes inflation.

"I am confident delegates will embrace Shane and united, we will defeat Gretchen Whitmer in November," Dixon said.

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