Michigan Gov. Whitmer submits signatures for reelection

Michiganders to vote for governor in 2022 election

In this image provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, April 6, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP) (Uncredited)

Believe it or not, midterm elections are right around the corner, and Michigan voters are getting ready to choose their governor.

Current Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that she and her Lieutenant Governor, Garlin Gilchrist submitted their signatures needed to appear on the ballot for reelection in the 2022 gubernatorial election. The gov. reportedly collected double the require signatures from all counties in Michigan.

“Tough times call for tough people, and despite all the challenges we have faced over the past few years, we have made so much progress working together to build a stronger Michigan,” Whitmer said. “By working together, we delivered the biggest education investment in state history without raising taxes, made sure schools could open safely, moved dirt to fix the damn roads, supported small businesses and kept Michigan on the cutting edge of auto manufacturing. I will keep working with anyone to get things done for Michiganders, just like I always have.”

The governor’s term has been particularly challenging, as lawmakers across the U.S. -- and the world -- had to respond to the novel coronavirus, work to slow virus spread and navigate the pandemic. Whitmer’s name has been in the media even more frequently lately because four individuals are currently on trial for an alleged plan to kidnap her due to her response to the pandemic.

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The Republican National Committee issued the following response to Whitmer’s announcement.

“After four long years of rising prices, lockdowns, scandals, and abuse of power, Michiganders are counting down the days until they can finally say goodbye to Gretchen Whitmer and her reign of terror,” said RNC spokesperson Preya Samsundar.

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