Who’s Running for Michigan Governor?

Eight men and women are seeking the Democratic and Republican nominations to run for Michigan Governor. You can find out more about them below. For tips on watching their debates, click here.

And for where they stand on issues you care about, See Bridge Magazine’s “Where Michigan Governor Candidates Stand” series, which interviews them about specific issues including guns, growing the state’s economy, Medicaid work requirements and infrastructure development.

Detroit Today Host Stephen Henderson has hosted the candidates. Click to listen:

Top GOP Candidates for Governor Join Detroit Today

Top Democratic candidates for Governor Join Detroit Today


If you’ve got a question about the 2018 election, ask it here.


The Republicans
The Democrats


  • Age: 41
  • Elected Experience:  Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 2012-Present; Michigan House of Representatives, 87th District, 2007-2011
  • Other Experience: Former Vice Chair Ionia County of Board Commissioners
  • Education: Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Harvard University
  • Campaign Website: Brian Calley for Governor 
  • Twitter: @BrianCalley
  • Facebook: Brian Calley


Calley Launches Bid for GOP Governor Nomination

Calley: Part-Time Legislature Ballot Drive Destined for Court Fight

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley On Push for Part-Time Legislature, Possible Run for Governor

Calley Hints at Run for Governor



GOP Candidate for Governor Patrick Colbeck Discusses Anti-Muslim Remarks


  • Age: 62
  • Elected Experience:  None
  • Other Experience: Practicing medical professional; Missionary in Central African Republic running hospitals and urgent care centers
  • Education: Indiana University
  • Campaign Website:   Dr. Jim Hines for Governor
  • Twitter:  @hines4michigan
  • Facebook:  Hines 4 Michigan


  • Age: 64
  • Elected Experience:  Michigan Attorney General, 2011-Present; Michigan Senate, 35th District, 1995-2002; Michigan House of Representative, 10th District, 1985-1991
  • Other Experience: Michigan Court of Appeals, 4th District, 2003-2009; Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture, 1991-1994
  • Education: Georgetown University, University of Aberdeen Scotland, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Campaign Website: Bill Schuette for Governor
  • Twitter: @SchuetteOnDuty
  • Facebook: Bill Schuette


AG Bill Schuette is Running for Governor - Hear His Detroit Today Interview

AG Bill Schuette Talks Governor’s Race, Support for Trump





  • Age: 64
  • Elected Experience: None
  • Other Experience: Former global vice president at Xerox, other executive positions, former president and chair of 100 Blackmen of Detroit, U.S. Navy veteran.
  • Education: University of Michigan, Wayne State University
  • Campaign Website: Bill Cobbs for Governor
  • Twitter:  @BillCobssforMI
  • Facebook: Bill Cobbs


  • Age: 33
  • Elected Experience: None
  • Other Experience: City of Detroit Health Commissioner; Assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University
  • Education: University of Michigan, Oxford Oriel College, Columbia University
  • Campaign Website: Abdul for Michigan
  • Twitter:  @AbdulElSayed
  • Facebook: AbdulforMichigan


Abdul El-Sayed Files Signatures for Governor’s Race Amid Questions of Eligibility

Democratic Candidate for Governor Abdul El-Sayed on Religion and Politics

Former Detroit Health Director Talks About Jumping Into Race for Governor


  • Age: 63
  • Elected Experience: None
  • Other Experience: CEO of Avomeen Analytical Services
  • Education: University of Bombay, University of Akron
  • Campaign Website: Shri Thanedar for Governor
  • Twitter:  @ShriForMI
  • Facebook: ShriForMI


  • Age: 46
  • Elected Experience: Michigan Senate, 23rd District, 2006-2015; Michigan House of Representatives, 69th District, 2003-2006; Michigan House of Representatives, 70th District, 2001-2003
  • Other Experience: Michigan Senate Minority Leader, 2011-2015; Ingham County Prosecutor
  • Education: Michigan State University
  • Campaign Website: Gretchen Whitmer for Governor
  • Twitter:  @GretchenWhitmer
  • Facebook: GretchenWhitmer


Democrat Gretchen Whitmer Looks To Separate Herself in Field of Candidates for Governor

Gretchen Whitmer Talks Jumping Into 2018 Governor’s Race Early

Whitmer To Seek Democratic Party Nod For Governor In 2018

Gretchen Whitmer “Seriously Considering” A Run for Governor in 2018



WDET Intern Vincent Craig and Wayne State University School of Information Sciences student Mackenzie Fosdick contributed to this post.

Image credit: WDET Digital

This post is a part of 2018 Elections in Michigan.

 In November, Michigan voters will decide who will be the state's new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Some state House and Senate seats are up for grabs, and numerous initiatives are expected on ballots.

WDET is committed to providing honest, fair, inclusive coverage of Michigan's 2018 elections. Join us now and all the way to the voting booth to be an informed voter.


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