Well, it’s a move that we here in Michigan have been expecting for a while, but now it’s official. I literally got the message just moments ago: Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has filed for the Michigan Governor’s race. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to post any commentary, as I’m headed out of town, but here’s the press release that I got:
LANSING – Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced today that she has filed paperwork forming a gubernatorial exploratory committee.
“I am excited to announce the formation of this committee,” she said. “Our state is in dire need of strong leadership right now, and I am eager to join the discussion of how to get it back on track.”
As Secretary of State, Land has overseen numerous improvements to her department since taking office in 2003. Increasing online services, modernizing branch offices and implementing comprehensive updates to the elections process are just a few of her accomplishments.
“Michigan residents have been forced to tighten their belts in these tough economic times but government should be setting the example of fiscal restraint. As Secretary of State, we have demonstrated time and again that there are ways to reduce costs while still delivering outstanding customer services. I will bring that fiscally conservative approach to all of state government.
“I was born and raised here, and I love this state,” she continued. “Michigan has incredible resources – from our Great Lakes and abundant natural beauty to our world-class businesses and hardworking families. This is a state worth fighting for and I am up to the challenge. I look forward to building a strong team that is committed to finding creative solutions while focusing on the many assets we have as a state.”
Land was elected Secretary of State in 2002 and reelected in 2006.
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Alright, so there you have it: Terri Lynn Land is in the running. So far, the only other declared candidates are Attorney General Mike Cox (R) and Lt. Governor John Cherry (D). I’m sure that will be changing in the coming weeks.
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