Schuette joins 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race

MIDLAND (WJRT) (9/12/2017) - Midland native Bill Schuette officially announced bid for governor in 2018.

The Midland County Fairgrounds, where the Republican state attorney general hosted his annual barbeque event Tuesday evening, was decked out with signs reading "Schuette for Governor" ahead of his announcementaround 6:20 p.m.

His wife Cynthia introduced him, joined by their children Bill and Heidi.

During his speech, he made clear Michigan is faced with a choice: return to the days of Gov. Jennifer Granholm or turn the page and move forward.

Schuette also laid out some initial policy positions, such as acting "boldly" to create more and better paying jobs and being an inspirational leader.

Current Gov. Rick Snyder is unable to run again next year due to term limits. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley hasn't announced his intentions for the top state job.

Schuette will face Saginaw doctor Jim Hines and State Sen. Patrick Colbeck for the Republican nomination. Gretchen Whitmer is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

A recent poll by EPIC M.R.A. shows Schuette and Whitmer are tied, if the election were held today.

Schuette has been Attorney General since 2011, but he got his start in politics more than 30 years when he defeated an incumbent Congressman to represent Michigan in Washington.

Schuette has also been on duty as the head of Michigan's Department of Agriculture, a state senator, a judge with the Michigan Court of Appeals, and has spent time at a law firm.

Two of his more high-profile cases as Attorney General include the Flint Water Emergency and his fight against same-sex marriage.

Schuette's team has filed criminal charges against 13 state and local workers tied to the water emergency.

His fight against same-sex marriage ended at the U.S. Supreme Court. He lost that case.

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