Democratic candidate for governor makes stops in Osceola, Mecosta counties

REED CITY — Michigan democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer received a tour of a local Reed City business Sunday and left with a tasty souvenir.

Whitmer visited Reed City Brewing Company, walking through the business and chatting with Kevin Murphy, the owner.

Murphy spoke with Whitmer about the history of his company, how he got his start, the process he uses to brew his beer and where he sees his business going in the future.

"Small business owners in Michigan are important to the economy and the craft brewing industry is expanding in Michigan," Whitmer said. "It's an industry that relies on good water and truly has an opportunity to grow. This was a chance to get to know Kevin and tour his business."

Whitmer asked Murphy what he needs out of the next Michigan governor, discussing ways to possibly promote breweries and tourism.

Just before her stop at Reed City Brewing Company, Whitmer was at Cranker’s Brewery in Big Rapids for a meet-and-greet event. She also made stops in Lake and Newaygo counties earlier in the day.

"I've been traveling a lot as a candidate for governor because I think it's important to make sure I visit all 83 counties in Michigan," Whitmer said. "This weekend I focused on the northwest Lower Peninsula."

Whitmer, of East Lansing, is an attorney and former minority leader in the Michigan Senate and state representative. In 2016, she served as the Ingham County Prosecutor for six months after the resignation of Stuart Dunnings III. The Michigan election for governor is Nov. 6, 2018. Prior to that, the Rebuplican, Democratic and Libertarian parties will choose their nominees in a partisan primary on Aug. 7.

Murphy said he was happy to have Whitmer, as he enjoys talking to people about his business.

"It's nice to even think she wanted to come here and stop by," he said.

After chatting for a bit, Murphy asked if Whitmer would like to try a sample of his peanut butter beer, which has become one of his most popular brews. Whitmer and her campaign staff happily tried and all four ended up purchasing a 32-ounce howler of the beer to take home with them.

"That's really good," Whitmer said. "I'll have to find my way up here again just for this."