Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seen in an Aug. 29, 2007 photo in Lansing, Mich. Bernero said Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 he plans to create an exploratory committee as he considers challenging Lt. Gov. John Cherry and others for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year. The former state lawmaker will file paperwork this week and plans to decide whether to enter the race early next year. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)
Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero is expected to pick Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence to be his running mate.
A person close to the Bernero campaign told The Associated Press Friday that Lawrence has been selected. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the campaign has not yet announced her name.
Lawrence was elected the first black and first woman mayor of Southfield in 2001.
The Bernero campaign says it plans to introduce its lieutenant governor choice Saturday morning at Detroit's Cobo Center, where Democrats are holding their state convention.
A campaign spokesman says Bernero made the offer to only one candidate.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that state Rep. Brian Calley of Portland will be his running mate.