WOOD TV8 to host Democratic gubernatorial debate


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Democrats running for Michigan governor will face off in a televised debate hosted by WOOD TV8.

The June 20 event at WOOD TV8’s studios in Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill neighborhood will be the first televised debate for the gubernatorial contenders. It will air live at 7 p.m. on WOOD TV8 and woodtv.com.

All three democratic candidates will take part: Gretchen Whitmer, Shri Thanedar and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.

El-Sayed, 33, resigned from his position as executive director of Detroit’s health department in February 2017, when he announced his run for the governor’s seat. The Rhodes Scholar graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007, earned his doctorate from Oxford University and his medical degree from Columbia University.

Thanedar, 63, is a native of India who founded the Ann Arbor chemical testing company Avomeen. He lived in Michigan in the early 1980s, moved to Missouri then returned to the Great Lakes State in 2010.

Whitmer, 46, is the former Michigan Senate minority leader. She served as a lawmaker from 2001 through 2014. The East Lansing resident’s most recent role was interim prosecutor for Ingham County.

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WOOD TV8 hosted a debate for the Republican gubernatorial candidates on May 9.

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