US Representative Pete Hoekstra is the first person to submit enough signatures required to run for governor of Michigan.

According to, Hoekstra submitted more than 24,000 signatures to state election officials today (Wednesday 4/7), Secretary of State spokeswoman Kelly Chesney said.

To be eligible to run in the August 3 primary, candidates must turn in petitions with at least 15,000 valid signatures by May 11. No other candidates had filed as of Wednesday afternoon, Mlive reports.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, state Senator Tom George, and Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder are among other Republican gubernatorial hopefuls.

Democrat candidates include Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, state House Speaker Andy Dillon, and state Representative Alma Wheeler Smith.

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