Meet the Candidates

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She is the front runner in this race, but still, Democratic State Rep. Gretchen Whitmer's pounding pavement on a pre-election Monday to make sure voters know about the election and to make sure they know her record.

"We need someone who can hit the ground running; after six years as state representative, I can begin the constituent work and the committee work," Whitmer explains.

Republican lawyer Vince Green is a first timer to the campaign circuit. He's entered this race because he says Michigan can do better

"When they say plants are closing, they're going elsewhere. And it's not just China; it's Tennessee, Texas, more business-friendly states," Green says.

Another first timer is Democrat Anthony Benavides. Anthony is former Lansing Mayor Tony Benavides' nephew.

"He's made a lot of changes and I don't want to see those changes stop," Benavides says. "It doesn't matter if you are black, white, brown, red, or green; we have to provide the same education to everybody."

Another Democrat, Melissa Sue Robinson, tries a sixth time for political office. She says jobs are her first priority.

"We have to eliminate a lot of red tape we're creating for business," Robinson says.

It's a sentiment echoed by Republican John Findlay, a retired state employee ready once again to serve Michigan.

"I like to work hard; I like to help people solve problems," Findlay says. "That’s why I thought I should get into it."

Only two, one Republican and one Democrat, will advance past the primary. The special election is March 14.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.