The Great Lake State
Candidates for Governor:
Rick Snyder (R)
Richard Dale "Rick" Snyder (born August 19, 1958) is an American politician, business executive, venture capitalist, and accountant. He is the 48th Governor of Michigan. A member of the Republican Party, he assumed office as the 48th governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Snyder served as the chairman of the board of Gateway, Inc., based in Irvine, California. Prior to his election as governor, he was chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Ardesta LLC, a venture capital firm based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Snyder was mentioned as among the possible picks to be the Republican Party candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2012. On February 3, 2014, he announced his candidacy for re-election as Governor of Michigan in 2014.
Mark Schauer (D)
Mark Schauer (born October 2, 1961) is an American politician and former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district, serving from 2009 to 2011. Schauer, a Democrat, was previously a member of the Michigan Senate, where he served as the Minority Leader, and the Michigan House of Representatives. In each legislative body, he represented Battle Creek, Michigan and its surrounding region.
On May 28, 2013, Schauer announced that he had filed paperwork to run as the Democratic candidate to challenge the Republican governor of Michigan Rick Snyder in 2014.
Terri Lynn Land (R)
Terri Lynn Land (born June 30, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was Michigan's 41st Secretary of State. Land was a member of the Republican National Committee from the 2012 Republican National Convention, and is a Republican candidate for the 2014 U.S. Senate.
Gary Peters (D)
Gary Peters (born December 1, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2009. The district includes the eastern half of Detroit, as well as the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Southfield and Pontiac. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously represented Michigan's 9th congressional district from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his election to Congress, Peters represented the 14th District in the Michigan Senate and was a political science professor at Central Michigan University. Following the redrawing of congressional district boundaries after the 2010 United States Census, Peters won re-election in the newly redrawn 14th District. In 2013, Peters announced his intention to run in the 2014 election for the United States Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Carl Levin.