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Biographical details of Michigan governor candidates

July 21, 2018

Biographical details of the seven major-party candidates running for Michigan governor in the Aug. 7 primary election:


NAME: Brian Calley

PARTY: Republican

BIRTHDATE: March 25, 1977 (41)

HOME: Portland, Ionia County

FAMILY: Married to Julie; three children

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University; master’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University; master’s degree in public administration, Harvard University

EXPERIENCE: Lieutenant governor, 2011-present; state representative, 2007-10; vice chairman, Ionia County Board of Commissioners, 2003-06; vice president or assistant vice president for commercial lending at three banks after starting as a mail room attendant and coin machine operator, 1995-2006

WEBSITE: www.briancalley.com


NAME: Patrick Colbeck

PARTY: Republican

BIRTHDATE: Oct. 7, 1965 (52)

HOME: Canton Township, Wayne County

FAMILY: Married to wife Angie

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in aerospace engineering, University of Michigan

EXPERIENCE: State senator, 2011-present; spent more than 20 years doing engineering and management work in a variety of industries, contract work for the Department of Defense and worked on systems for the International Space Station.

WEBSITE: www.colbeckforgovernor.com


NAME: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

PARTY: Democrat

BIRTHDATE: Oct. 31, 1984 (33)

HOME: Shelby Township, Macomb County

FAMILY: Married to wife Sarah; one daughter

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in biology and political science, University of Michigan; doctor of medicine, Columbia University; doctorate in public heath, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar

EXPERIENCE: Health director, city of Detroit, 2015-17; assistant public health professor, Columbia University, 2014-15

WEBSITE: www.abdulformichigan.com


NAME: Dr. Jim Hines

PARTY: Republican

BIRTHDATE: June 14, 1955 (63)

HOME: Saginaw Township, Saginaw County

FAMILY: Married to Martha; seven children; 16 grandchildren

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology, Indiana University; doctor of medicine, Indiana University

EXPERIENCE: Works in private practice as an obstetrician and gynecologist; former chief of staff for Covenant HealthCare; ex-president of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations; medical missionary in the Central African Republican during two separate two-year stints in the 1980s and 1990s

WEBSITE: www.hines4michigan.com


NAME: William Duncan “Bill” Schuette

PARTY: Republican

BIRTHDATE: Oct. 13, 1953 (64)

HOME: Midland, Midland County

FAMILY: Married to Cynthia; two children

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in foreign service, Georgetown University; law degree, University of San Francisco

EXPERIENCE: Michigan attorney general, 2011-present; Michigan Court of Appeals judge; 2003-09; state senator, 1995-2002; director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, 1991-94; U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-1991

WEBSITE: www.billschuette.com


NAME: Shri Thanedar

PARTY: Democrat

BIRTHDATE: Feb. 22, 1955 (63)

HOME: Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County

FAMILY: Married to Sashi; two children

EDUCATION: Doctorate in polymer chemistry, University of Akron; master’s degree, University of Mumbai

EXPERIENCE: Founder, Avomeen Analytical Services (sold controlling stake in 2016); CEO and owner, Chemir Analytical Services (now EAG Laboratories), 1990-2010; chairman and owner, Azopharma Contract Pharmaceutical Services; 2003-2010; chemist and project leader, Petrolite Corp, 1984-1990; post-doctoral scholar, University of Michigan, 1982-84

WEBSITE: www.shri2018.com


NAME: Gretchen Whitmer

PARTY: Democrat

BIRTHDATE: Aug. 23, 1971 (46)

HOME: East Lansing, Ingham County

FAMILY: Married to Marc Mallory; two children, three stepchildren

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in communications, Michigan State University; law degree, Michigan State University

EXPERIENCE: Ingham County prosecutor, July 2016-December 2016; state senator, 2006-2014 (minority leader from 2011-14); state representative, 2001-06

WEBSITE: www.gretchenwhitmer.com

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