Candice Miller says she won’t run for Michigan governor in 2022

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller addresses the media, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Clinton Township, Mich. Officials investigating a sinkhole in Macomb County are examining whether a hole drilled into a sewer line caused the pipe to collapse. Miller said the hole was made during an inspection after a sewer collapse in 1978. The current sinkhole was discovered Dec. 24 in the Detroit suburb of Fraser by homeowners who awoke to find their house sinking. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Carlos Osorio, Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Candice Miller, a suburban Detroit official who has tackled environmental problems since leaving Congress, said Monday she won’t run for governor in 2022.

Miller, a Republican, is a popular public works commissioner in Macomb County. Besides serving 14 years in Congress, she won two statewide races for secretary of state in the 1990s.

“I will not be a candidate for governor in 2022,” Miller, 66, said on Facebook.

“Improving water quality in our magnificent Great Lakes, upgrading and maintaining our infrastructure and being a positive component of economic prosperity for Macomb County — these remain my focus," she said.

Miller’s disclosure is significant because it takes someone from a large county with statewide name recognition off the list of potential challengers to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.