Who's Running for Governor?

There are competitive races for Michigan governor in the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian primaries. The winners of each primary will face off in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election.

The current governor, Republican Rick Snyder, is term limited and cannot seek re-election.

On this page you’ll find a list of candidates for these races and links to their campaign websites. Why aren't we providing more information about these candidates? The Ann Arbor Votes site focuses on local races. Because of our limited resources – and because the governor's race is widely covered elsewhere – we trust that you’ll be able to find plenty of information about these candidates. You'll find a limited set of news articles related to the governor's race listed below.

You can check out our Voter Basics page for more details about the voting process. (If you need to see a SAMPLE BALLOTclick here.)


Below is a list of candidates for Michigan governor with political party affiliations and links to their campaign websites. The winners of each primary will compete in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election for a four-year term. 

Abdul El-Sayed – Democrat
Shri Thanedar – Democrat
Gretchen Whitmer – Democrat

Brian Calley – Republican
Patrick Colbeck – Republican
Jim Hines – Republican
Bill Schuette – Republican

Bill Gelineau – Libertarian
John J. Tatar – Libertarian


The Michigan Governor's Race Is a Glimpse of the Democratic Party's Future Time, May 31, 2018

What lies in Michigan's future? Governor candidates debate big issuesDetroit Free Press, May 31, 2018

Governor candidates offer starkly different economic approaches at Mackinac debateCrain’s Detroit Business, May 31, 2018

Flint, Islam and fixing the damn roads. Your Michigan governor debate recapBridge Magazine, May 31, 2018

Which Michigan governor candidates disclosed 2017 taxes, and which haven’t Bridge Magazine, May 21, 2018

Watch Dem, GOP Michigan governor candidates share a stage for the first timeBridge Magazine, May 10, 2018

Nine candidates file to run for Michigan’s governor Bridge Magazine, April 24, 2018