Shri Thanedar

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 profiles the gubernatorial candidates. We begin our series asking Democrat Shri Thanedar three questions.

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

A: “I’m the only gubernatorial candidate that has created jobs. I’m a small business owner 26 years. I will stop the corporate welfare, not giving money to big corporations. Invest in small businesses. Create an entrepreneurial culture. We got to have a grand, great skill training program so that Michiganders can have skills to get tomorrow’s jobs.”

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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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,

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar has been sued and accused of fraud related to the sale of his majority stake in a chemical-testing company he founded in Ann Arbor. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday, Avomeen Holdings Inc. alleges Thanedar made fraudulent and misleading representations about the nature and amount of revenues and earnings - which led Avomeen to pay an inflated price.