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Here's what you need to know about the gubernatorial primary candidates

Aug 6, 2018

Michigan's primary election is tomorrow, and many voters are still undecided about who to support in the gubernatorial primary.

Luckily, Michigan Radio has been talking to the candidates since they entered the race, and we gathered all of our coverage here so voters can make informed decisions at the polls. 

Click and listen to learn more about where the candidates stand on the issues and more. And learn more about primary day in Michigan here.

The Democrats

Abdul El-Sayed

Age: 33

Education: University of Michigan (BS), Oriel College at Oxford (MA, PhD), Columbia University (MD)

Experience: Health Officer and Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department, former director of Columbia’s Systems Science Program and Global Research Analytics for Population Health, and former assistant professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health

Listen to El-Sayed's interview with Stateside from July 19:

Or his interview with Stateside from April 12:

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:

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Shri Thanedar

Age: 63

Education: University of Mumbai (BA, MA), University of Akron (PhD)

Experience: Entrepreneur and owner of various chemical analysis service businesses including Chemir and Avomeen Analytical Services

Listen to Thanedar's interview with Stateside from April 13:

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:

 

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Gretchen Whitmer

Age: 46

Education: Michigan State University (BA, JD)

Experience: Former two-term Michigan state representative for the 69th and 70th districts, former two-term state senator and Senate Minority Leader, and former Ingham County Prosecutor

Listen to Whitmer's interview with Stateside from July 24:

Or her interview with Stateside from April 12:

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:

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The Republicans

Brian Calley

Age: 41

Education: Michigan State University (BA), Grand Valley State University (MBA), Harvard University (MPA)

Experience: Michigan Lieutenant Governor, former two-term state representative for the 87th district

Listen to Calley's interview with Stateside from July 23:

Or his interview with Stateside from June 12:

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:

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Patrick J. Colbeck

Age: 52

Education: University of Michigan (BS, MS)

Experience: Two-term state senator representing the 7th District (in northwestern Wayne County), former Boeing senior design engineer

Listen to Colbeck's Stateside interview from July 19:

Watch an interview from the Detroit Journalism Cooperative:  

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Jim Hines

Age: 63

Education: Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University School of Medicine

Experience: OB-GYN, former chief of the medical staff of Covenant HealthCare, former president of the national Christian Medical & Dental Association

Watch an interview with the Detroit Journalism Cooperation:

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Bill Schuette

Age: 64

Education: University of San Francisco (JD), Georgetown University (BA)

Experience: State Attorney General, former Judge for the Michigan Fourth District Court of Appeals, former state Senator for the 35th district, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, former state representative for the 10th district

Listen to Schuette's interview with Stateside from July 20:

Or his interview with Stateside from May 24:

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The Libertarians

Bill Gelineau

Age: 58

Education: University of Michigan, Wayne State University

Experience: Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, former restauranteur

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John Tatar

Age: 69

Education: Wayne State University (BS, MS), United States Army Reserve

Experience: former Livonia school teacher, U.S. Army veteran

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