As if the field of potential Republican candidates wasn’t big enough in Michigan’s 2010 contest for governor, another contender is laying the groundwork for a run. Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder
announced Thursday that he had formed an exploratory committee to begin raising money for a possible campaign to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jennifer A. Granholm.
Snyder is currently CEO at Ardesta, a technology venture capital firm, and is chairman of Ann Arbor SPARK, an economic development organization focused on bringing business to the city and region. He was president and chief operating officer of computer company Gateway Inc. in the early 1990s.
Snyder, in a release sent to CQ Politics, said his top priority “will be to provide a vision to the people of this state that will give them hope and a clear road map back to sound economic principles and financial security.” He also criticized what he called the “lack of leadership and vision of the professional politicians in Lansing,” the state capital.