Snyder re-election campaign in GR

Gov. Rick Snyder in Grand Rapids at the Downtown Market to kick off his re-election campaign. (Feb. 3. 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder kicked off his re-election campaign Monday, and made stops around the state, including Grand Rapids.

Before an enthusiastic crowd of loyal supporters at the Downtown Market, the governor heard testimonials from business people about their successes under his leadership of the state.

While their stories were positive, Snyder said he knows there is another side to the story that his opponents will tell.

With that in mind, 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin asked Snyder why he would go through another campaign for another four-year term.

“How often do you get a chance to help 10 million people in a meaningful way? And so, it has been a great honor to be governor… I think I’ve accomplished a lot in terms of a strong record,” Snyder said. “But I want to make sure we finish a number of these things in terms of seeing how many things are still in process that would be great to get resolved that have been problems for five, ten, 50 years.”

The view of progress and comeback were not shared by a handful of protesters outside the Downtown Market as Snyder spoke, and Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson spoke of another narrative.

“This governor likes to talk about a comeback, but Michigan people are just seeing anything but that,” Johnson said. “We’re the 49th in job growth, when he took over were fifth highest in unemployment, now we’re fourth highest in unemployment.”

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