WATCH: Republican and Democratic Candidates for Governor Debate on Mackinac Island

During the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, Republican and Democratic candidates for governor shared the stage for a wide-ranging debate hosted by Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson, DPTV’s Christy McDonald, and Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley.

Above, you’ll hear from Democrats Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El Sayed and Shri Thanedar, as well as Republicans Brian Calley, Bill Schuette and Patrick Colbeck.

Those six candidates take the stage and make the case for your vote for governor of Michigan.

Click on the audio player above to hear the debate or watch the video to see where the candidates stand on issues such as education, Michigan’s crumbling roads, and health care.

WDET’s Mackinac Policy Conference coverage is sponsored by The Henry Ford.

Image credit: Detroit Public Television

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On November 6, 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.

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Dynamic and diverse voices. News, politics, community and the issues that define our region. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson, Detroit Today brings you fresh and perceptive views weekdays at 9 am and 7 pm.  

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