What comes to mind when you think of Michigan? Is it Detroit? The Great Lakes? Harsh winters? Big-ish cities?
Throw what you know on the back burner because during this election season, one thing will be on the minds of all across the state: The economy.
Michigan isn’t alone with its economic issues — and that might sound like a broken record throughout the country — but it’s of utmost concern for the 8.3-percent unemployed citizens and their families.
The state is home to the “Big Three” auto companies, and during the worst of the recession in August 2009, unemployment skyrocketed to 14.2 percent thanks to job cuts from those companies and others associated with the industry.