Governor Gretchen Whitmer makes the case for a second term in office

The governor says she wants to continue investing in education and road repairs.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a news conference on March 11, 2022, at the governor's office in Lansing.

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The midterm elections are less than a week away, and the local race getting the most attention is the gubernatorial election.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is running on maintaining abortion access, expanding money for schools, increasing financial support for childcare and families, and, yes, fixing the roads — which she wasn’t able to do to the degree she wanted without a tax increase that the Republican-led state legislature rejected in her first term in office.

There are a number of things that Gov. Whitmer hasn’t been able to accomplish because of a conservative majority in the state legislature. What will she do this time if one or both chambers in the state legislature are under Republican majority?

“If I am returned for four more years, regardless of the makeup of the legislature, I will stay focused on solving problems. I will work with anyone who’s serious about solving problems. And I think we’ve shown we can get a lot done even with a legislature that has been very difficult at times to work with.” — Governor Gretchen Whitmer


Listen: What the governor hopes to accomplish if she’s re-elected.

 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is running for a second term. She says she wants to work in a bipartisan fashion to get things done where possible with Republicans in the state legislature.

“If I am returned for four more years, regardless of the makeup of the legislature, I will stay focused on solving problems. I will work with anyone who’s serious about solving problems. And I think we’ve shown we can get a lot done even with a legislature that has been very difficult at times to work with,” says Whitmer.

Detroit Today has reached out on multiple occasions to invite Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon onto the program. We have not yet heard back from the candidate.

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