Lt. Gov. John Cherry
A surprise to many, Lt. Governor John Cherry announced earlier today that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor.
In an email sent to campaign supporters earlier today, Cherry said he had accomplished only two of his three goals. He noted that he received more than 1,000 supporters and gathered more than half of the nominating signatures needed. However, he did secure enough money to make his campaign "fully viable."
Other Democratic candidates include Democratic state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, Michigan State trustee George Perles and former Rep. John Freeman. House Speaker Andy Dillon, Dan Kildee and Lansing Virg Bernero are also three potential Democratic candidates.
The full text of John Cherry's statement can be found below.
Mayor Virg Bernero
Lansing's mayor, Virg Benero, announced he has started an exploratory committee to run for governor. He stated that he's been encouraged to run by business, labor, government and community leaders. Bernero, a former state lawmaker, has been Lansing's mayor since 2006. Bernero says he'll make a final decision on entering the gubernatorial race early next year.
Other Democrats running for governor are Lt. Gov. John Cherry, state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith and former state Rep. John Freeman.
More information and a his exploratory statement can be found on his website