A host of Democratic and Republican candidates are veiling for the Governor’s office, for the upcoming November 8, election. There are two lesser known candidates from the Libertarian and Constitutional parties. To have an opportunity at the Governor’s seat, first these candidates must win their August 9th, party nomination races.
In the Republican primary, there are no less than five candidates battling for the primary win. The candidates are Rick Snyder-Venture Capitalist, Mike Cox-Michigan’s Attorney General, Peter Hoekstra-U.S. Congressman of the 2nd District, Mike Bouchard-Oakland County Sheriff and Tom George-Senate Senator and Physician.
The Democratic Party primary challengers’ field is less crowded, with Ving Bernero-Mayor of Lansing and Andy Dillon-Michigan’s Speaker of the House seeking to win the August Primary. Libertarian Ken Proctor-Auto Worker and the only female in the race Constitution party’s Stacy Mathia, round out the candidates for the Governor’s executive office position.
The candidate that wins the November election will have to deal with the dawning task of the states’ economic situation. Michigan current unemployment rate stands at a whopping 13.6 percent. This rate was the highest in the nation for over two years until on June 18, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nevada’s rate of 14 percent removed Michigan to the 49th spot, on this disheartening figure. Known by the term as the “Automobile Capital of the World”, the state has lost over 200,000 manufacturing jobs since 2007, taking away a majority of taxable revenue, according to a 2007 All Business article.
M-Live reported that a 2009 survey by professional relocation company World Atlas Group, found that 60 percent of the company’s relocations moves, were out of the Michigan. This figure was slightly up from the previous four year period, as 59.6 percent of relocations occurred of state in 2008 and 54.5 percent of the relocations, handled by Atlas in 2004 were out of state; according to the article.
The prospective candidates’ websites have a number of ideas on how to return Michigan back to financial stability. Rick Snyder (R) believes his “Top 10 Plan” that notes a mix of business investment and the reforming states regulatory systems will improve the states’ outlook. Mike Cox (R) believes that eliminating the state income tax for graduates of Michigan colleges, will decrease the number of graduates that consider leaving the state, thus providing a pool of qualified workers for businesses to hire.
Rounding out the Republican field of candidates, Mike Bouchard-says that placing an immediate freeze on non-essential spending programs will make the state becomes financially sound. Peter Hoekstra-believes that overhauling of the Michigan’s tax code will stop businesses from downsizing workers and closing operations. Tom George websites cites changing Michigan’s government to a part-time legislature and enacting budgeting reforms will save the states, some much needed revenue.
Democratic primary candidates Ving Bernero his self-titled “Main-Street Agenda” which mixes business investment and job creation, as the answer to Michigan’s difficult times. Andy Dillon campaign website notes his desire to pass a “Michigan First” plan, a delayed legislation he wants to enact as Governor, which requires the hiring of Michigan legal residents first for jobs.
Voters will have a vast of options to choose from on which candidate and party can lead Michigan back to the road to the right direction. Whichever one of these candidates that takes the seat from current Michigan’s Governor (D) will need patience to understand that quick fix solutions without revenue will increase Michigan’s economic instability.
Mike Cox for Governor-Website
Mike Bouchard for Governor-Website
Rick Snyder for Governor-Website
Tom George for Governor-Website
Peter Hoesktra for Governor-Website
State of Michigan-Office of Governor-Jennifer Granholm-Website
Stacy Mathia for Governor-Website
State of Michigan-Libertarian Party of Michigan Website-Representing Ken Proctor
State of Michigan Government Website-Labor Market Information
All Business Article-Laid off Michigan auto workers contemplate future-Tim Martin (Associated Press)-March 8, 2007
M-Live Article-Annual survey: More people are moving out of Michigan — still-Al Jones-Kalamazoo Gazette-January 5, 2010
Bureau of Labor Statistics-Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary-June 18, 2010