The governor is term-limited in Michigan which means that Governor Snyder term is coming to an end.  On November 6th, Michigan will elect a new governor. The major party candidates are:

  • Gretchen Whitmer (D)-  Whitmer is 47 and lives in Lansing. She was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2001 and served until 2006 when she was elected to the Michigan Senate. Due to term limits, she served until 2015. Afterwards, she served as the interim prosecutor for Ingham County through December 31, 2016.  Whitmer announced she would run for governor in January 2017. She became the Democratic nominee for governor winning the August 7th, primary.  Whitmer graduated from the Detroit college of law at Michigan State University, in 1998. While in Michigan’s House of Representatives, Whitmer was chosen by her party to be the ranking member of the appropriations committee. In 2010, she was chosen to be the Senate Democratic Leader–this made her the first woman to serve as caucus leader in either party. The latest poll gives whitmer a 45% to 37% lead over her closest opponent Bill Schuette (R). For more information, visit Whitmer’s website: www.gretchenwhitmer.com


  • Bill Schuette (R)- Schuette turns 65 this fall and lives in Midland Michigan.  He graduated from the University of San Franciso School of Law.  Since 2011, Schuette is Michigan’s, Attorney General. Prior to that, he served in the US House of Representatives for Michigan’s 10th district from 1985-1991. He also represented Michigan’s 35th  Senate district from 1995-2002. From 2003-2009 Schuette served as a judge for Michigan’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, and was elected as Attorney General in 2011. Schutte became the Republican nominee after winning the August 7th, primary. For more information visit: billschuette.com


  • Debbie Stabenow (D-incumbent) – Stabenow is 68, and lives in Gladwin. She holds an MSW from Michigan State University where she graduated in 1975.  She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001. She is Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. She previously served Michigan’s 8th, the congressional district from 1997-2001. Prior to that Stabenow served Michigan’s 24th Senate district from 1991-1994; and she served in Michigan’s House of Representatives, representing the 58th district from 1979-2001. The latest polls give Stabenow a 55%-36% lead over her closest opponent, the Republican challenger, John James.  For more information visit: debbiestabenow.com


  • John James (R)- James is 38, and lives in Farmington. James graduated from West Point in 2004. He also graduated from Penn State with a Master’s in supply change management and information systems. He also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is currently the President of James Group International-a global supply chain management services. for more information visit: johnjamesforsenate.com




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