89.1 WEMU

Whitmer Files Petitions To Appear On Michigan's Primary Ballot

Apr 13, 2018

Gretchen Whitmer
Credit Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures yesterday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor.  


Supporters cheered as they handed over to state elections officials boxes containing petitions to put Whitmer’s name on the ballot.  The primary for governor isn’t until August, but Democrats will hold a convention this weekend to come up with the rest of the slate.  

Whitmer heads into that convention with a lot of endorsements, but, if polls are to be believed, most Democrats are still undecided on their candidate for governor. 

“That’s my goal, is to make sure that people know what we’re building here and we get people to try to become a part of it.”

Whitmer is the second Democrat to file signatures to appear on the primary ballot.  Doctor Abdul El-Sayed was first.  But he still faces questions about his eligibility to run.  Three Republicans have filed so far to run for governor.

Non-commercial, fact based reporting is made possible by your financial support.  Make your donation to WEMU today to keep your community NPR station thriving.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org