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Dan Kildee brings urban issues to MI Dem gov race

By AP

EAST LANSING, MI –

Dan Kildee would like to turn his passion for restoring cities into a chance to restore the state.

The former Genesee County treasurer hasn't decided yet if he wants to join the Democratic race for governor now that Lt. Gov. John Cherry has withdrawn.

But he said Friday on public television's Off the Record program that he knows how to make government work and has "been in the trenches" helping cities such as Flint, Saginaw and Grand Rapids restore blighted areas.

Now head of a national land use nonprofit organization, Kildee says he'll make up his mind in the next 30 days.

The Flint Township resident says he's exploring whether he'll get the money and support he needs to run, and waiting to see what other potential candidates do.

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