2018 Michigan Governor Voters Guide

Bill Schuette (R) vs Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Governor | Election | Nov 6, 2018

The Candidates

Bill Schuette

Bill Schuette


Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer


The Issues


Ban or legal? Support Michigan’s 1931 pre-Roe law that criminalizes abortion?

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose largest funders? Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Climate Change

Consider climate change a critical threat? Limit creation of greenhouse gases? Participate in U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to climate change action?


Prosecute all 17-year-olds as adults & house with adult criminals?

Bill Schuette (R)



Supported Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court?


Increase funding for K-12 education?

Support vouchers to send children to private schools with public money. Expand charter schools?

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

No. Opposes vouchers. Stronger oversight of charters. “Stop the dismantling of public education.”

Increase state funding for higher education?


Support Michigan’s redistricting ballot initiative 2 to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?

Bill Schuette (R)

Opposes initiative. Asked MI Supreme Court to reject for creating “a fourth branch of government.”

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Yes. “Gerrymandering continues to disenfranchise voters in Michigan.” Don’t let partisan legislators draw political boundaries.

Gay Rights

Support gay marriage?

Bill Schuette (R)

No. Defended voter-enacted marriage ban as “a simple recognition that biology matters.” But will respect Supreme Court decision allowing it.

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Yes. Introduced 2013 bill to repeal Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, two years before Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.


Governor can appoint emergency managers for cities without consent?

Bill Schuette (R)

Unclear. Defended law against federal lawsuit.

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

No. Repeal Emergency Manager Law.

Gun Control

Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Health Care

Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Accept Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants? Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Supports ACA. Held “Save Healthcare” rallies and led state Senate negotiations for Medicaid expansion. Opposes work requirements, which remove coverage  “when we should be expanding.”

Allow Planned Parenthood public funds for non-abortion health care?


Support DREAM Act (DACA) recipients who arrived illegally as children, to achieve legal status under certain conditions?

Bill Schuette (R)

Declined to comment during campaign, but joined 2016 lawsuit to block DACA expansion.

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Yes. Supports clean DREAM Act that protects Dreamers from deportation & offers a path to citizenship.


Right-to-work law, preventing unions mandating dues for workers they represent?

Minimum Wage

Raise the minimum wage?

Net Neutrality

Require internet providers to provide all users equal access?

Bill Schuette (R)


Renewable Energy

Government support for renewable energy?


Support President Trump’s tax cuts? Cut Michigan taxes?

Voting Rights

Support stricter or broader voting and registration rules?

Other gubernatorial candidates include Keith Butkovich (Natural Law), Bill Gelineau (L), Jennifer Kurland (G), and Todd Schleiger (U.S. Taxpayers).  Due to limited space, we can’t include their responses, but encourage you to check out their websites

We have space to include only candidates polling 15% or more. But check out others including  Steven B. Grant (I), Dennis Misigoy (L), and Tuan Nguyen (I). guides.vote is a nonpartisan effort to show where candidates stand, with links to credible sources. We do not support or oppose any political party or candidate for office. Vote411.org offers guides to local races.