By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
State Senator Patrick Colbeck is the first major candidate for Governor to turn in nominating petitions to the Secretary of State.
Colbeck turned in around 18,000 signatures earlier this week, 3,000 more than needed.
Once confirmed, Colbeck will now be on the August 2018 Republican primary ballot. Dr. Jim Hines turned in his signatures last year.
Colbeck touts the grassroots effort behind the process. No paid signature gatherers were hired, hundreds of his supporters got the job done on their own.
"Over 500 volunteers sacrificed countless hours to make this possible," Colbeck said in a Facebook statement. "Unlike other gubernatorial campaigns, no one was paid to collect signatures nor did we spend money on expensive mailers to registered voters nor did we use taxpayer funded staff to collect signatures. It was a pure grassroots effort that differentiates the enthusiasm of our supporters from those of the other campaigns. It also shows how we do more with less financial resources...which is a good skill set for our next Governor."
Colbeck will face off against Lt. Governor Brian Calley at a town hall in Grand Rapids on January 29th. Attorney General Schuette refuses to participate.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com