Lansing mayor kicks off bid for governor

DETROIT (AP) — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has kicked off his Democratic bid for governor at an auto supplier plant in Detroit, saying partisanship and insider politics are blocking efforts to rescue Michigan from its dire economic condition.

The 45-year-old Bernero is the son of a former GM worker and made his first stop Monday at the Detroit Chassis LLC plant, which supplies Ford Motor Co. with RV chassis.

Bernero paints himself as an outsider, saying the state has tried Republican and Democratic ways and now needs to find “the Michigan way.”

He has a Grand Rapids stop planned for midafternoon and an evening stop planned in Lansing.

So far, state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith is the only other Democrat officially running.

Five Republicans are running.

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