2010-10-28 / Election

Bernero, Snyder vying for governor’s chair

The mayor of Lansing and an Ann Arbor businessman are the major party candidates to replace Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who is ineligible to run for reelection because of term limits.

Democrat Virg Bernero, 46, has been mayor of Lansing since 2005. He is a former state representative and senator and Ingham County Commissioner. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science at Adrian College. Bernero’s running mate is Brenda Lawrence, Southfield.

Candidate web site: www.votevirg. com.

Republican Rick Snyder, 52, Ann Arbor, is CEO of Ardesta LLC, a venture capital firm. He formerly was president and chief operating officer of Gateway, Inc. He holds bachelor’s, master of business administration and law degrees from the University of Michigan. The GOP nominee for lieutenant governor is Brian N. Calley, Portland.

Candidate web site: www.rickformichigan. com.

Other candidates for governor and their running mates are:

Green Party-Harley Mikkelson, Caro; Lynn Meadows, Ann Arbor.

U.S. Taxpayers Party-Stacey Mathia, Grand Rapids; Chris Levels, Flint.

Libertarian Party-Ken Proctor, Charlotte; Erwin J. Haas, Grand Rapids.

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