Endorsements

Gretchen Whitmer is a proven fighter, can mobilize people to take on our big challenges, and will work to get things done for all Michiganders. As a mom, former legislator, and prosecutor, she’ll fight for the things that matter to people and put them first.

After years of one-party rule, it’s clear that Lansing and Washington are broken and we can’t trust the status quo to get government listening to the people again. When people have needed a fighter, they’ve always turned to Gretchen. As our next governor, she won’t back down from the tough fights, will challenge both parties to do what’s right, and will keep listening to people as she mobilizes Michigan for change on the important issues.

Gretchen is proud to have the support of:

  • Michigan Association of Police Organizations
  • Michigan Fraternal Order of Police
  • Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Michigan
  • The Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
  • Mel Larsen, Former Chair, Michigan Republican Party
  • Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-Battle Creek)
  • Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Clean Water Action
  • EMILY’s List
  • MI List
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Equality Michigan Pride PAC
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Progressive Women’s Alliance
  • MoveOn
  • Democracy for America
  • Arab American Political Action Committee

Gretchen has been endorsed by the following newspapers:

  • DETROIT FREE PRESS Endorsement: Why Gretchen Whitmer should be Michigan’s next governor
    Whitmer, with her more sophisticated understanding of where Michigan needs to go and where the interests of its diverse residents coincide, is the candidate more likely to summon our state to its better angels.
  • PORT HURON TIMES HERALD: Whitmer is best choice for governor
    The record is clear. Schuette stands for Schuette. If elected governor of Michigan, his aspirations would not be for the citizens of this state. Gretchen Whitmer, instead, is the best choice for Michigan.
  • LANSING STATE JOURNAL Editorial: Gretchen Whitmer is the right choice for Michigan’s next Governor
    Whitmer isn’t afraid to speak up. She’s fiery and passionate and willing to take the heat. Perhaps most important in a state so strongly divided, she also isn’t afraid to compromise – a trait one learns as a legislator in the minority party. Whitmer says she’s willing to work with anyone and everyone to help Michigan and Michiganders prosper. And she’ll likely have to, depending on how the election shakes out in the Michigan House and Senate. Whitmer has the skills, experience and vision to lead Michigan forward as its next governor.
  • MICHIGAN CHRONICLE: Michigan Chronicle’s 2018 Midterm Election Endorsements
    After endorsing Republican candidates in two of the last three Michigan gubernatorial campaigns, this year it’s not even a close call between Democratic Sen. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette… Unlike her opponent Republican Bill Schuette, she is committed to an inclusive, proactive, and enlightened policy agenda that reflects the needs and realities of a 21st Century Michigan.
  • CENTRAL MICHIGAN LIFE EDITORIAL: Gretchen Whitmer is the best candidate for CMU students
    Attorney General Bill Schuette is not the type of candidate who appeals to young voters. He doesn’t seem interested in talking about the issues facing our generation. We need a candidate who is passionate about the changes they want to make, not one who says his plan is 1) Get elected, followed by 2) Figure it out… Schuette’s campaign is the voice of the past. Whitmer’s is the voice of the future.
  • DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Endorsement: Whitmer The Best Choice To Continue Michigan Comeback
    It is significant that Schuette has not received Snyder’s endorsement to succeed him. What Snyder appears to be saying is the “Michigan Comeback” he engineered — his legacy — is not safe in Schuette’s hands. Also significant is creation of Republicans & Independents for Whitmer, assembled by a group of respected “centrist” Republicans. Its founders include former Republican state senate leader and U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz and Mel Larsen, the former Republican senate leader, state party chair and co-author of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. The group touts Whitmer’s authenticity and collaborative leadership style… We believe that the election of Gretchen Whitmer provides Michigan with an opportunity to recraft a political culture of compromise for the greater good and believe she is the better choice for continuing and expanding Snyder’s “Michigan Comeback.” We endorse her candidacy.

Whitmer is also endorsed by organizations representing over  1,000,000 Michigan workers, including:

  • the Michigan AFL-CIO;
  • the United Auto Workers;
  • the Michigan Education Association;
  • the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council;
  • the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights;
  • the Michigan State Utility Workers Council;
  • the Michigan Pipe Trades Association;
  • the Michigan Joint Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union;
  • the Service Employees International Union
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 876 and 951;
  • United Steelworkers;
  • Communications Workers of America District 4;
  • Iron Workers Local 25;
  • the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council #43;
  • the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 1M;
  • the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Michigan State Conference;
  • the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union;
  • AFSCME Council 25;
  • the Michigan Laborers District Council
  • the Michigan Nurses Association
  • the Michigan Corrections Organization

Progressive Leaders are also standing with Gretchen, including:

Democratic Leaders

  • Former President Barack Obama
  • Former Vice-President Joe Biden
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
  • U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
  • U.S. Senator Gary Peters
  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Former Governor Jim Blanchard
  • Wayne County Executive Warren Evans
  • Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy
  • Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
  • Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner
  • Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash
  • Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack
  • Oakland County Commissioner Gary McGillivray
  • Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel
  • Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham
  • Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith
  • U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI09) of Royal Oak
  • U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI05) of Flint Township
  • U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI14) of Southfield
  • U.S. Rep Debbie Dingell (D-MI12) of Dearborn
  • Former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley
  • Lansing Mayor Andy Schor
  • Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies
  • Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich (Flint)
  • Democratic Senate Floor Leader Morris Hood III (Detroit)
  • Senator Steve Bieda (Warren)
  • Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (Taylor)
  • Senator Vincent Gregory (Lathrup Village)
  • Senator Curtis Hertel (East Lansing)
  • Senator Rebekah Warren (Ann Arbor)
  • Senator David Knezek (Dearborn Heights)’
  • Senator Ian Conyers (Detroit)
  • Democratic House Leader Sam Singh (East Lansing)
  • Democratic House Floor Leader Christine Greig (Farmington Hills)
  • Representative Jeremy Moss (Southfield)
  • Representative Erika Geiss (Taylor) 
  • Representative Fred Durhal (Detroit)
  • Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (Detroit)
  • Representative Stephanie Chang (Detroit)
  • Representative Leslie Love (Detroit)
  • Representative Robert Kosowski (Westland)
  • Representative Kevin Hertel (St. Clair Shores)
  • Representative Kristy Pagan (Canton)
  • Representative Robert Wittenberg (Huntington Woods)
  • Representative Patrick Green (Warren)
  • Representative Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills)
  • Representative Pam Faris (Clio)
  • Representative Phil Phelps (Flint)
  • Representative Tim Sneller (Burton)
  • Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township)
  • Representative Ronnie Peterson (Ypsilanti)
  • Representative Jon Hoadley (Kalamazoo)
  • Representative Tom Cochran (Mason)
  • Representative David LaGrand (Grand Rapids)
  • Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids)
  • Representative Terry Sabo (Muskegon)
  • Representative Sara Cambensy (Marquette)
  • Representative Scott Dianda (Calumet)
  • Representative John Chirkun  (Roseville)
  • Representative Bill Sowerby (Clinton Township)
  • Representative Tenisha Yancey (Harper Woods)
  • Representative Vanessa Guerra (Saginaw)
  • Representative Brian Elder (Bay City)
  • Representative Jim Ellison (Royal Oak)
  • Representative Cara Clemente (Lincoln Park)
  • Representative Adam Zemke (Ann Arbor)
  • Representative Wendell Byrd (Detroit)
  • Representative Henry Yanez (Sterling Heights)
  • Representative Darrin Camerilli (Brownstown Township)
  • Representative Abdullah Hammoud (Dearborn)
  • Representative Sylvia Santana (Detroit)
  • Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellan