Former state Senator Gretchen Whitmer is the first candidate to formally announce that she will run for governor of Michigan in 2018. The former Senate Democratic leader sent an e-mail today declaring her plans.
The job will be open because Michigan’s term limits do not allow Republican Governor Rick Snyder to run again.
Whitmer may have competition for the Democratic nomination as Congressman Dan Kildee weighs a bid. On the Republican side, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley are potential candidates.
The nominations will be determined in primary elections that are roughly 20 months away.