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Who's Running for Governor & Other Statewide Offices?

On the Nov. 6 ballot you'll see statewide races for Michigan governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, members of the Michigan Board of Education, Michigan State University trustees and Wayne State University governors. On this page you’ll find a list of candidates for these races and links to their campaign websites, if available.

Candidates for the University of Michigan Board of Regents will also be on the Nov. 6 ballot in statewide races. You can find more detailed information about those candidates here.

Why aren't we providing more information about these statewide races? The Ann Arbor Votes site focuses on local races. Because of our limited resources – and because many of these statewide races are widely covered elsewhere – we trust that you’ll be able to find plenty of information about these candidates.

We also recommend the Center for Michigan's Bridge Magazine 2018 Voter & Candidate Toolbox for coverage of statewide races.

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


MICHIGAN GOVERNOR

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

Keith ButkovichNatural Law
Bill GelineauLibertarian
Jennifer V. Kurland – Green
Todd Schleiger – U.S. Taxpayers
Bill SchuetteRepublican
Gretchen WhitmerDemocrat

MICHIGAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Though candidates for governor are elected in statewide primaries, candidates for lieutenant governor are selected by the gubernatorial candidates after the primary. They are then officially nominated by political parties at their annual conventions. This office has a four-year term.

Charin H. DavenportGreen
Garlin D. Gilchrist IIDemocrat
Earl P. LackieU.S. Taxpayers
Lisa Posthumus LyonsRepublican
Angelique Chaiser ThomasLibertarian
Raymond WarnerNatural Law

MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE

The Michigan Secretary of State oversees elections, vehicle registration and the licensing of automobile drivers. This officeholder also regulates notaries public and is the keeper of the Great Seal of Michigan (woot!). It is considered the third-highest elected office in Michigan, following the governor and lieutenant governor. Candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are nominated by political parties at their annual conventions. This office has a four-year term.

Jocelyn BensonDemocrat
Robert GaleU.S. Taxpayers
Gregory Scott StempfleLibertarian
Mary Treder LangRepublican

MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Michigan Attorney General is the state's top lawyer and law enforcement official, overseeing more than 500 lawyers, investigators, and other employees. Candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are nominated by political parties at their annual conventions. One candidate this year is running with no party affiliation. This office has a four-year term.

Lisa Lane GioiaLibertarian
Chris Graveline – Independent
Tom LeonardRepublican
Dana NesselDemocrat
Gerald T. Van SickleU.S. Taxpayers

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Two seats are open on the State Board of Education, with eight-year terms. Here's a list of current members and a link to the Ballotpedia site for the Michigan BOE. Candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are nominated by political parties at their annual conventions.

Karen AdamsU.S. Taxpayers
Scotty BomanLibertarian
Tami CarloneRepublican
Mary Anne HeringWorking Class
Douglas LevesqueU.S. Taxpayers
Judy PritchettDemocrat
Logan R. SmithWorking Class
John J. TatarLibertarian
Tiffany TilleyDemocrat
Sherry A. WellsGreen
Richard ZeileRepublican

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES

Two seats are open on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, with eight-year terms. Candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are nominated by political parties at their annual conventions.

Bridgette R. Abraham-Guzman – Natural Law
Bruce Campbell – Libertarian
Dave DutchRepublican
Aaron Mariasy – Green
Mike MillerRepublican
Tim Orzechowski – Libertarian
Janet M. Sanger – U.S. Taxpayers
John Paul Sanger – U.S. Taxpayers
Brianna Scott Democrat
Kelly TebayDemocrat

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY GOVERNORS

Two seats are open on the Wayne State University Board of Governors, with eight-year terms. Candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are nominated by political parties at their annual conventions.

Bryan Barnhill Democrat
Diane Dunaskiss Republican
Jon Elgas – Libertarian
John T. Hargenrader – Libertarian
Anil KumarDemocrat
David NicholsonRepublican
Christine C. Schwartz – U.S. Taxpayers
Marc Joseph Sosnowski – U.S. Taxpayers

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGENTS

We're providing additional information about candidates for the UM Board of Regents: Click here.