Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seen in an Aug. 29, 2007 photo in Lansing, Mich. Bernero said Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 he plans to create an exploratory committee as he considers challenging Lt. Gov. John Cherry and others for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year. The former state lawmaker will file paperwork this week and plans to decide whether to enter the race early next year. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has filed 30,000 petition signatures to get on the Democratic gubernatorial ballot.
Bernero turned in the petitions Thursday to the secretary of state. Candidates must submit least 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for the Aug. 3 primary ballot.
Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon turned in his signatures last week. Bernero says he turned in signatures from all 83 counties, while Dillon's signatures were from fewer than 60 counties.
State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, the third Democrat in the race, has until Tuesday to provide her signatures.
Of the five Republicans running for governor, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, businessman Rick Snyder and Attorney General Mike Cox have filed petitions. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and state Sen. Tom George have not.