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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Democrat Gretchen Whitmer three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “The first thing we’ve got to do is invest in ourselves. We’ve got to invest in infrastructure and jobs skills. That means better education for our kids and ensuring everyone has a path to a high wage skill.”

Q: What is your plan for improving the state’s educational outcomes?

Three candidates hoping to be the next Governor of Michigan squared off at the Democratic gubernatorial debate in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening.

Former state Senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer, businessman Shri Thanedar and former Detroit Health Department Executive Director Dr. Abdul El-Sayed all met in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening. Straight out of the gates, all three candidates voiced their opposition to the country’s current immigration policies. 

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The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is spending nearly $1.7 million on a TV ad criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, saying she backed policies of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and voted for tax increases as a legislator.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to provide preschool to all 4-year-olds, to triple the number of literacy coaches and to stop transferring school aid revenue to colleges.

The proposals are included in an education plan the former legislative leader outlined at a Lansing school Friday.

Whitmer says as governor, she would help increase teachers' pay after years of Republican control of state government, oppose the "hyper focus" on standardized testing and work to add more career counselors.

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A statewide poll asks Michigan voters which of the gubernatorial candidates are recognizable and appealing leading up to the November elections. 

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters likely to vote in the upcoming November midterm election.

Survey respondents were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of gubernatorial candidates. The pollster selected Republicans Brian Calley,

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Michigan's largest labor union is endorsing Gretchen Whitmer for governor. The United Auto Workers, which represents 385,000 active members and retirees in the state, announced the endorsement Monday at its international headquarters in Detroit.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, is among four main Democrats seeking the nomination in August's primary election. She previously won the backing of the Michigan Education Association, the state's second-biggest union.

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Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is being endorsed by Michigan's four Democrats in the U.S. House. Reps. Sander Levin, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence and Debbie Dingell announced their endorsements Monday in Taylor, a Detroit suburb.

They say they need a partner in Lansing, and Whitmer - a former legislative leader - would help to fix crumbling roads, create good-paying jobs, protect people's health coverage and safeguard the Great Lakes.

Latest Epic-MRA poll: breaking down the numbers

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Lansing-based EPIC-MRA released its February statewide survey of 600 voters who say they’ll likely head to the polls in the November 2018 election.

Of those 600 voters, 42-percent consider themselves Democrats, 39-percent identify Republican and 13-percent claimed to be Independent. The remaining 7-percent are undecided or categorized as “other/refused.”

The all were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of prominent gubernatorial candidates.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in her run for governor. Duggan backed Whitmer as she opened a campaign office in Detroit on Wednesday.

Democratic candidates typically need solid voter turnout in the city to do well in statewide elections. Duggan credits Whitmer, of East Lansing, for helping to expand Medicaid coverage to 660,000 adults and backing a bill to create a public lighting authority in Detroit. He also cites her advocacy for public schools in her 14-year legislative career.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has forced her campaign manager to resign after learning he engaged in past "inappropriate behavior" in the workplace. Keenan Pontoni joined Whitmer's campaign in August, replacing a previous campaign manager.

In a statement Thursday, Whitmer says she received a credible report Wednesday that a number of years ago, Pontoni had "engaged in inappropriate behavior with people in the workplace and for that reason I have asked for and received his resignation effective immediately." P

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