Whitmer elected as Michigan’s next governor

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published November 9, 2018

 Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer

LANSING — After months of campaigning and meeting with constituents, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was voted in as Michigan’s next governor during the Nov. 6 election, beating out five other candidates, including Republican Bill Schuette.

According to the unofficial results compiled by the secretary of state, Whitmer won the election with 1,796,113 votes, with Schuette finishing second with 1,674,973 votes.

Libertarian Bill Gelineau garnered 50,100 votes, Green Party candidate Jennifer V. Kurland received 24,270 votes, U.S. Taxpayers Party candidate Todd Schleiger received 21,607 votes, and Natural Law Party candidate Keith Butkovich received 8,595 votes.

Whitmer, who during her campaign promised to “fix the damn roads” if elected governor, takes office Jan. 1, 2019, replacing Rick Snyder.

“Thank you. Thank you, Michigan,” Whitmer said when greeting supporters who gathered to hear her victory speech during the late evening hours of Nov. 6 at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. “I am incredibly, incredibly humbled that you put your trust in me to be your next governor. We are a state of problem solvers, of innovation, a state of people who value life and hard work.”

During her victory speech, Whitmer vowed as governor to make Michigan a place “where people can come for opportunity, where every child will get a great education and where families thrive.”

Fixing Michigan’s roads the right way with high-quality materials and mix, making health care more affordable, and lowering auto insurance premiums are among some of Whitmer’s goals.

“We have so many challenges in front of us. Now more than ever, we need people on both sides of the aisle so we can focus on what really matters. That’s getting things done that will improve people’s lives right now,” Whitmer said. “Now is the time for us to come together.”

“I was so honored to be the Republican nominee for governor,” Schuette said during his concession speech at the Lansing Center in Lansing. He also said that he wishes Whitmer “every success in her new responsibilities.”

He offered his appreciation to those who helped with his campaign.

“I thank you very, very much,” he said. “God bless all of you. God bless Michigan.”

The governor seat is one four-year term. Whitmer’s running mate, Garlin Gilchrist II, will serve as lieutenant governor.