Democrat Shri Thanedar puts $3.3M in run for governor

Posted at 8:42 AM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 08:42:29-04

Ann Arbor entrepreneur Shri Thanedar has contributed $3.3 million of his own money into his Michigan gubernatorial campaign.

The Democrat, a political novice and immigrant from India, filed his campaign finance report Tuesday. It's a deadline for state candidates and ballot issues for the period between Feb. 1 and July 20.

Another Democrat, former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed, reported raising more than $1 million.

Term limits prevent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder from running in next year's election.

Six Democrats have filed paperwork to run. Former Senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer reported raising $1.5 million.

Physician Jim Hines and state Sen. Patrick Colbeck are vying for the GOP nomination. Attorney General Bill Schuette, who raised about $900,000 this year, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley are expected to launch campaigns.