Whitmer won’t appear on national ballot in 2020

As the 2020 presidential race heats up and declared candidates start looking around for viable running mates, some experts are predicting that the Democratic Party ticket will include a woman. After all, record numbers of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and it appears the female electorate is engaged like never before.

All of that said, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t going to be involved, at least as a candidate.

“I am less than 60 days on the job, and my sole focus is ensuring that we pass a budget that fixes the damn roads and closes the skills gap in Michigan,” Whitmer stated for a Detroit News story on the matter. “I am not interested in being on a national ticket at this juncture.”

That’s not to say she isn’t going to keep a close eye on the races; in fact, she plans to invite individual candidates to Michigan to pitch themselves. And yes, she may endorse one of the tickets as the races develop.

But that, apparently, is going to be it. And we view that as good news. She was just elected and has a lot of work to do here, like fixing the roads.

— The Mining Journal (Marquette)

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