MANISTIQUE, Mich. (WLUC) -- Gretchen Whitmer was the first high-profile candidate to formally join the 2018 gubernatorial race in January. The election is still 21 months away, but Whitmer is getting a head start by talking to Michiganders about what they want from a governor. She met with citizens Feb. 14 at a meet-and-greet at the Comfort Inn.
Gretchen Whitmer was the first high-profile candidate to formally join the 2018 gubernatorial race in January.
"i think one of the things that we've learned from 2016 is that we can't take anyone or any community for granted, so it's important to me to make sure that i am traveling across the state," Whitmer said.
At the event, Whitmer listened to citizens' concerns and answered questions
"I of course wanted to make sure to get up here to the U.P. and engage with people, and listen, and learn, and make sure we build a platform that reflects what we all need to see from our government," she said.
People brought up a wide range of issues, several of which Whitmer said her campaign is highlighting:
"The pension tax, our public schools, and support for local government."
Whitner has previously served in both the Michigan State House (2001-2006) and Michigan State Senate (2007-2014). She garnered national attention in 2013 when she spoke out in support of women's health rights on the Senate floor.
"I know that she stood up on several different occasions when she was a Senate Minority Leader and the leader of the Democratic Party," said William Anderson, vice chair of the Schoolcraft County Democrats. "She fought hard over three or four different issues."
Whitner said she planned to return to the U.P. at some point to see its seven natural wonders, and to talk with some more Yoopers.