With the governor’s office, a U.S. Senate seat, and other major positions up for election next year, this year’s conference buzzed with chatter about the 2018 election.
One person who is often talked about as a possible candidate for governor is Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.
He formed an exploratory committee to run for governor in the 2010 race, but decided instead to run for county executive.
He told the Detroit News on Mackinac Island last week that there was a “better than a 50-50” chance he’ll enter the gubernatorial race by mid-summer.
But he walks that back a bit as he joins Detroit Today producer Jake Neher for a conversation about the race, the political climate, and regional transit in Metro Detroit.
“I still have more of an interest in doing what I’m currently doing,” says Hackel.
Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.