In Michigan
5:54 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Kildee to jump into MI Dem race

LANSING, MI –

Former Genessee County Treasurer Dan Kildee says he will file the paperwork next week forming a campaign committee to seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Kildee is not widely known outside the Flint area, but his name is well-known in Democratic circles. He is a long time party activist and his uncle is Congressman Dale Kildee.

Kildee says he would have an edge over the other Democratic hopefuls because has never served in Lansing, and he has strong ties with labor, environmentalists and other elements of the traditional Democratic coalition.

"I think it's important that the people and organizations whose interests I think represent the core of the Democratic Party come together around a candidate who reflects those values," he says.

The other Democrats running are state Representative Alma Wheeler Smith and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, a former state senator. House Speaker Andy Dillon is also weighing a bid.

There are five Republicans seeking their party's nomination.