Potentially, the Democrats’ strongest open seat 2018 gubernatorial candidate announced yesterday that he will not run. Three-term Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flushing/Flint) who succeeded his uncle in Congress, former Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Flint) who represented the region for 36 years, said yesterday he will not enter the statewide campaign instead choosing to remain in the House. Without Mr. Kildee in the Governor’s race, former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer becomes the leading Democratic candidate. Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Attorney General and former Congressman Bill Schuette are expected to wage a strong battle for the GOP nomination. Mr. Kildee has fundraising prowess, and could have brought the Flint water issue to the forefront of the impending campaign. Now the Democrats are in a lesser political position. Two-term Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.
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