Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer visits Newberry

Published: Aug. 1, 2017 at 6:11 PM EDT
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Gretchen Whitmer, a candidate for the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race made her way to Newberry today to hear about the problems that Yoopers face today. Whitmer met with residents at Zellars Village Inn and toured the Luce County Link community resource center. This was Whitmer's second trip to the Upper Peninsula since announcing her candidacy in January. She believes it is important that she hears from people all across the state so she can better serve them.

“Making sure that I'm building a platform that really is focused on solving problems that people across Michigan are struggling with,” said Whitmer. “That's what this is all about.”

From 2006 to 2015 Whitmer was a member of the State Senate, spending half of that time as the minority leader. It's that experience that Whitmer believes separates her from her competitors.

"I'm the only one that has a record that's demonstrated that I know how to do that,” said Whitmer. “I can work with anyone on any side of the aisle from any part of this state if they're focused on solving problems in Michigan."

So far, four candidates have declared for the Democratic nomination; Whitmer, Bill Cobbs, Abdul El-Sayed, and Shri Thanedar. The primaries to choose party nominations will be held August 7, 2018.

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