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Michigan gubernatorial candidate Whitmer to speak on campus Sept. 9


Gretchen Whitmer, a candidate for the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial election, speaks at the March on Lansing on Women's March on Lansing on Jan. 21, 2017.

Former Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer will speak at 3 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Bovee University Center Mackinaw Room. Whitmer is one of four declared candidates running to represent the Democratic Party in Michigan’s 2018 gubernatorial election.

The College Democrats at Central Michigan University invited Whitmer to ensure students hear from statewide Democratic candidates, said the registered student organization's president Ethan Petzold. 

“This is a time where candidates can talk about their priorities,” Petzold said. “It also gives students a chance to ask questions and meet with their leaders.” 

Petzold said the event will last for an hour. Whitmer will speak for approximately 15 minutes and spend the remaining time answering questions and meeting with students. 

“As an organization, we’re not endorsing any of the candidates,” Petzold said. “Whitmer and Democratic candidates are fighting for issues that are important for students. As Senate Minority Leader, Whitmer led fights against cuts for higher education – cuts that led to higher tuition rates.” 

Petzold said the College Democrats plan to invite other primary candidates to speak. Those candidates include: former Xerox Executive Bill Cobbs; Abdul El-Sayed, former Executive Director of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion; and Entrepreneur Shri Thanedar.