Gretchen Whitmer Files for 2018 Michigan Governor’s Race

By |2017-01-04T09:00:00-05:00January 4th, 2017|Michigan, News|


Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer became the first candidate to officially jump into the 2018 election pool Tuesday, by filing paperwork with the Secretary of State to set up a committee to run for governor, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
It wasn’t a big announcement or the beginning of a speaking tour around the state. Rather, filing the paperwork is a prerequisite for Whitmer if she wants to begin accepting financial contributions to her campaign.
In an e-mail to supporters Tuesday, Whitmer said she is “no stranger to fights,” including ones to “protect workers’ rights, … level the playing field,” and “protect kids and to hold government accountable.”
Whitmer, an East Lansing Democrat, said in the e-mail she remembers when Michigan was bold and didn’t just face challenges, but beat them.
“That’s why I know we can build a Michigan with opportunities that rival those from our past,” she said. “A state where opportunities are available to every Michigander – regardless of gender or race or religion or who you love or where you were born – if you work hard and play by the rules.
“And that’s why, today, I filed the paperwork to run for Governor.”
Gisgie Gendreau, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office confirmed the officer received a statement of organization from Whitmer Tuesday afternoon.
A more formal announcement is expected later this month. Read what Whitmer has to say online. Watch BTL online for updates.

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