Detroit Free Press staff Published 9:38 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 Three Democrats and three Republicans who are vying to be the next governor of Michigan will debate Thursday night at the Mackinac Policy Conference. This is the first debate featuring candidates from both parties. Scheduled to participate are Democrats Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Gretchen Whitmer, and Republicans Brian Calley, Patrick Colbeck and Bill Schuette. The debate will be moderated by Nolan Finley of the Detroit News, Stephen Henderson of Detroit Public Television and WDET-FM (101.9) and Christy McDonald of Detroit Public Television. The debate starts at 6 p.m. Watch here: And follow along with commentary from Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray.