By Rick Pluta
LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is expected to jump into the race for governor next week. He is expected to make an announcement tour Monday with stops in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids to announce he is seeking the Democratic nomination. State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith has been the only Democratic openly running since Lieutenant Governor John Cherry dropped out last month. House Speaker Andy Dillon says he will make his plans known before the end of the month. There are five Republicans seeking their party's nomination.