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Here's what you need to know about the gubernatorial primary candidates

2018 primary ballot
Emma Winowiecki
Michigan Radio
Three Democrats, four Republicans, and two Libertarians are competing for their party's gubernatorial nomination.

Michigan's primary election is tomorrow, and many voters are still undecided about who to support in the gubernatorial primary.

Luckily, Michigan Radio has been talking to the candidates since they entered the race, and we gathered all of our coverage here so voters can make informed decisions at the polls. 

Click and listen to learn more about where the candidates stand on the issues and more. And learn more about primary day in Michigan here.

The Democrats

Abdul El-Sayed

Age: 33

Education: University of Michigan (BS), Oriel College at Oxford (MA, PhD), Columbia University (MD)

Experience: Health Officer and Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department, former director of Columbia’s Systems Science Program and Global Research Analytics for Population Health, and former assistant professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health

Listen to El-Sayed's interview with Stateside from July 19:

Or his interview with Stateside from April 12:

Listen to Stateside's conversation with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:


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Shri Thanedar

Age: 63

Education: University of Mumbai (BA, MA), University of Akron (PhD)

Experience: Entrepreneur and owner of various chemical analysis service businesses including Chemir and Avomeen Analytical Services

Listen to Thanedar's interview with Stateside from April 13:

Listen to Stateside's Lester Graham talk to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar.

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:


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Gretchen Whitmer

Age: 46

Education: Michigan State University (BA, JD)

Experience: Former two-term Michigan state representative for the 69th and 70th districts, former two-term state senator and Senate Minority Leader, and former Ingham County Prosecutor

Listen to Whitmer's interview with Stateside from July 24:

Stateside's conversation with Gretchen Whitmer, a Democratic candidate for governor.

Or her interview with Stateside from April 12:

Listen to the full interview with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer.

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:


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The Republicans

Brian Calley

Age: 41

Education: Michigan State University (BA), Grand Valley State University (MBA), Harvard University (MPA)

Experience: Michigan Lieutenant Governor, former two-term state representative for the 87th district

Listen to Calley's interview with Stateside from July 23:

Stateside's conversation with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

Or his interview with Stateside from June 12:

Stateside’s conversation with Michigan's Lt. Governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:


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Patrick J. Colbeck

Age: 52

Education: University of Michigan (BS, MS)

Experience: Two-term state senator representing the 7th District (in northwestern Wayne County), former Boeing senior design engineer

Listen to Colbeck's Stateside interview from July 19:

Stateside's conversation with Michigan state Senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck

Watch an interview from the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:  

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Jim Hines

Age: 63

Education: Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University School of Medicine

Experience: OB-GYN, former chief of the medical staff of Covenant HealthCare, former president of the national Christian Medical & Dental Association

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperation:


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Bill Schuette

Age: 64

Education: University of San Francisco (JD), Georgetown University (BA)

Experience: State Attorney General, former Judge for the Michigan Fourth District Court of Appeals, former state Senator for the 35th district, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, former state representative for the 10th district

Listen to Schuette's interview with Stateside from July 20:

Stateside's conversation with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Or his interview with Stateside from May 24:

Stateside's conversation with state Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette.

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The Libertarians

Bill Gelineau

Age: 58

Education: University of Michigan, Wayne State University

Experience: Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, former restauranteur

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John Tatar

Age: 69

Education: Wayne State University (BS, MS), United States Army Reserve

Experience: former Livonia school teacher, U.S. Army veteran

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Emma is a communications specialist with the digital team at Michigan Radio. She works across all departments at Michigan Radio, with a hand in everything from digital marketing and fundraising to graphic design and website maintenance. She also produces the station's daily newsletter, The Michigan Radio Beat.
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