By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer
Garlin Gilchrist II is Michigan’s first Black Lieutenant Governor. Gilchrist was sworn in to office Jan. 1 along with Gretchen Whitmer, who was sworn in as the 49th governor and the state’s second-ever female governor. Gilchrist, 36 was born in Detroit. As lieutenant governor, Gilchrist is the second-ranking official in the state behind the governor. Gilchrist has a background in progressive politics and computer programming.
Community celebrations featuring Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist have been planned for locations around the state. Both Whitmer and Gilchrist have a planned stop at the Flint Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.