Statewide voters select candidates for Governor in Tuesday Primary
By Annette Christie
As Michigan State Governor Rick Snyder nears the end of his term in that position, four Republicans and three Democrats will be on the August 7 ballot seeking to move on to the November General Election.
The Republicans include Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, and Dr. Jim Hines.
The Democrats include former State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and businessman Shri Thanedar.
Current Lt. Governor Brian Calley was a community banker for 10 years before entering the political arena. He has previously served on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners and served two years as a State Representative. In 2010, he became Snyder’s running mate.
Calley has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, an MBA from Grand Valley State University, and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife live in Portland, Michigan. They have three children.
Calley states that more than 555,500 jobs have been created in our state since he became Lt. Governor including being #1 in America in new manufacturing jobs. Under his and Snyder’s leadership, Michigan is 8 for 8 in passing balanced budgets. He states that they reduced the state’s debt by $20 billion and put more than $1 billion in the rainy day fund. He was one of the driving forces behind Michigan becoming a right to work state, prohibiting the requirement of union membership for employment. He led the development of the agreement to create the Gordie How International Bridge between Canada and the United States. He chaired the Mental Health and Wellness Commission and believes that opioid epidemic is a healthcare issue not a criminal justice issue. He chaired the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, developing statewide best practices for the problem.
He states that he rolled up his sleeves and worked alongside the people of Flint to build a better future amongst the elevated lead levels in the water system and personally expedited the recovery efforts.
His full plan for taking Michigan to the next level is available on his website www.briancalley.com.
Attorney General Bill Schuette is the 53rd Attorney General in our state. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and obtained his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He and his wife reside in Midland, Michigan and have two children.
As Attorney General, he formed the Michigan Commission for Human Trafficking and engineered a plan to fund the testing of thousands of long-abandoned DNA evidence boxes to provide justice for victims of sexual assault. He helped recover millions in back child support for children in need. He successfully opposed President Obama’s job-killing energy regulations that would have hurt Michigan’s economy and increased utility bills for Michiganders. He held government officials accountable by bringing 350 charges against former government officials, including the termination of taxpayer-funded pensions for 13 ex-Detroit principals who embezzled millions from school children. He stood up to the governor of his own party to oppose one of the largest tax hikes in Michigan’s history.
He has a plan to make Michigan, “The Jobs State,” to end the opioid crisis, roll back the Granholm income tax hike, cut auto insurance rates, and provide our kids with world-class schools. You can read about his in-depth plan on his website www.billschuette.com.
Patrick Colbeck has over two decades of private sector experience and two terms in the Michigan Senate. He has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He was a small business owner for six years before running for the Michigan Senate.