Buckle Up: 2018 Shaping Up To Be Huge Year for Michigan Politics

Michigan voters will have lots of high-profile decisions to make next year.

Jake Neher/WDET

The new year will bring lots of important decisions for Michigan voters to make at the ballot box.

There will be elections for all of Michigan’s top elected positions: governor, attorney general, and secretary of state.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) hopes to retain her seat in the U.S. Senate.

The entire state House and most of the state Senate will be on ballots across the state. 

And that’s not even counting all of the high-profile statewide ballot measures that could go before Michigan voters.

Groups hope to put questions related to gerrymandering, marijuana legalization, and Michigan’s prevailing wage law in front of voters in November. 

WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about all the big races and ballot issues to be decided in 2018.

“I think that 2018 could turn out to be the biggest non-presidential election year in Michigan that I can remember,” says Neher.

“If you thought 2016 was a big year in politics, buckle up,” says Roth.

Click on the audio player above to hear that conversation.


  • Cheyna Roth
    Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She's also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.
  • Jake Neher
    Jake Neher is senior producer for Detroit Today and host of MichMash for 101.9 WDET. He previously reported on the Michigan Legislature for the Michigan Public Radio Network.