Governor

Six people are seeking to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

They are Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, Republican Bill Schuette, Libertarian Bill Gelineau, the Green Party’s Jennifer Kurland, Todd Schleiger of the U.S. Taxpayer’s Party and Keith Butkovitch of the Natural Law Party.

Whitmer is a former state legislator and Ingham County prosecutor. She and her husband, Mark, live in East Lansing. They have five children.

Schuette is Michigan’s attorney general and has served in Congress, the state legislature and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Midland and have two children.

Gelineau is a small business owner and longtime Libertarian activist. He lives in Grand Rapids.

Schleiger of Lake Orion owns Home Power Source LLC.

Kurland serves on the Redford Union school board and has been an environmental activist and manages Jazzmyn Phyne Designs, a jewelry design firm.

Butkovitch lives in Wayne.

The lieutenant governor hopefuls are Democrat Garlin Gilchrist II of Detroit, Republican Lisa Posthumus Lyons of Grand Rapids, Libertarian Angelique Chaiser Thomas of Lake Orion, Earl Lackie of Royal Oak and the U.S. Taxpayers Party, Charin Davenport of Hazel Park of the Green Party and Raymond Warner of Detroit and the Natural Law Party.

Attorney General

Four people are seeking to replace Bill Schuette, who is running for governor.

Democrat Dana Nessel of Plymouth is president of the Fair Michigan Foundation. She has served as an assistant prosecutor, a civil rights attorney and a defender of indigent defendents. She lives with her wife, Alanna Maguire, and their twin sons.

Republican Tom Leonard is speaker of the House and has served as a drug prosecutor in Genesee Township. He and his wife, Jenell, live in DeWitt.

The Libertarian nominee is Lisa Lane Gioia, who lives in West Bloomfield. Gerald Van Sickle of Wellston represents the U.S. Taxpayers Party.

Secretary of State

Four candidates are seeking to replace Ruth Johnson, who is term-limited.

Democrat Jocelyn Benson is CEO and executive director of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, a national nonprofit. She has been a dean at Wayne State University. She and her husband, Ryan Friedrichs, live in Detroit with their son.

Republican Mary Treder Lang of Grosse Pointe Farms has worked in a variety of management positions in the business and nonprofit sectors. She and her husband, Paul Lang, raised three children.

Libertarian Gregory Stempfle and his wife, Shelly, are Ferndale residents. He is a medical technologist.

No information was available on Robert Gale of Sterling Heights of the U.S. Taxpayers Party. 

Michigan Supreme Court

Voters will decide two eight-year terms. Candidates are listed on the nonpartisan part of the ballot, though they were nominated at party conventions.

The incumbents are Republican nominees Kurtis Wilder and Elizabeth Clement, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2017. Clements is a former chief counsel to the governor. Wilder has been an appeals court judge and a judge in Washtenaw County.

The Democratic nominees are Sam Bagenstos of Ann Arbor and Megan Cavanaugh of Birmingham. 

Bagnestos is a civil rights lawyer who served in the Obama adminstration. Cavanaugh chaired of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Doug Dern is an Ann Arbor lawyer nominated by the Natural Law Party.

Kerry Morgan of Redford Township was nominated by the Libertarian Party.

Michigan Court of Appeals

3rd District

Incuments Jane Marie Beckering and Douglas Shapiro face no opposition for six-year terms.

State Board of Education

There are 11 candidates running for two seats on the State Board of Education. Each term is eight years. Republican Richard Zeile of Dearborn is seeking re-election to his seat. He was first elected to the board in 2010.

Tami Carlone of Novi is also running as a Republican.

The Democrat hopefuls are Judith Pritchett of Washington Township and Tiffany Tilley of Southfield.

The Libertarian candidates are Scotty Boman of Detroit and John Tatar of Livonia.

Karen Adams of Odessa and Douglas Levesque of Owosso represent the US Taxpayers Party while Sherry Wells of Ferndale is a Green Party candidate.

Mary Anne Hering of Dearborn and Logan Smith of Detroit are running on the Working Class ticket.

Wayne State University

Eight candidates are seeking two eight-year terms on the Board of Governors.

They are: Republican incumbents Diane Dunaskiss of Lake Orion and David Nicholson of Detroit; Democrats Bryan Barnhill of Detroit and Anil Kumar of Bloomfield Hills; Libertarians Jon Elgas and John T. Hargenrader, both of Brighton.

U.S. Taxpayer Party candidates are Christine C. Schwartz of Jenison and Marc Joseph Sosnowski of Dearborn Heights.

University of Michigan

Two of the eight seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents will be decided.

The eight-year seats up for election are held by Andrea Fischer Newman and Andrew Richner – both Republicans.

As of January 2018, five members on the board were Democratic and three members of the board were Republican.

In addition to the two incumbents running for re-election, Democrats Jordan Acker and Paul Brown, Green Party candidate Kevin Graves, John Jascob and James Lewis Hudler of the Libertarian Party, Natural law candidate Marge Katchmark Sallows and U.S. Taxpayers candidates Joe Sanger and Crystal Van Sickle will be on the general election ballot.

Michigan State University

Ten candidates are seeking two seats available for MSU board trustees. None are incumbents. Terms are eight years.

They are: Republicans Dave Dutch of Traverse City and Mike Miller of Lansing; Democrats Brianna Scott of Muskegon and Kelly Charron Tebay of Detroit.

Also on the ballot are: Libertarians Bruce Campbell of Allegan and Tim Orzechowski of Grandville; John and Janet Sanger of Litchfield with the U.S. Taxpayers Party; and Green Party hopeful Aaron Mariasy of East Lansing and Brighton resident Bridgette Abraham-Guzman of the Natural Law Party.