It was an unwelcome introduction to 2010. On Wednesday, January 6, Lt. Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. announced that he was withdrawing from the race for Michigan’s next Governor, citing fundraising issues. As our choice of candidate for that position, we were saddened by this news. We liked Cherry. He had stated publicly that he would endorse nursing issues and was a good friend of Labor. His absence in the Governor’s office will be felt deeply.
We wish Lt. Governor Cherry well in his next endeavors for we are sure he will continue to be a strong influence in Michigan’s future.
Meanwhile, we’re sitting back and watching what happens next. Cherry’s decision to leave the race has opened up the portal for all kinds of decisions among lawmakers. House Speaker Andy Dillon has formed an exploratory committee to see if running for Governor is a possibility. Virg Bernero, Lansing’s mayor, is certainly considering throwing his hat in the ring. It remains to be seen what happens next.
It is an election year for many high positions so anything can happen between now and the primaries. We’ll continue keeping an eye on the latest news!