Now that Lt. Gov. John Cherry (D) is out of the mix, Michigan state House Speaker Andy Dillon (D) is taking a step toward running for governor.

Dillon, who could be a Democratic favorite, on Thursday announced in a video on his website that he will be launching an exploratory committee for the race.

“I’ve seen what stands in the way of economic growth, and I know we can change it,” Dillon said. “But it won’t happen with the same old thinking.”

Dillon probably won't be alone in the wide-open Democratic primary. With no well-known Democrat like Cherry set to run, other candidates are also looking at the race. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) hasn't ruled it out, and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and former Genesee County Treasurer Dan Kildee are among those mentioned.

Kildee is the nephew of Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.).

Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann Stabenow10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump country At least Alzheimer’s research is bringing Washington together Senate Dems block crackdown on sanctuary cities MORE (D-Mich.) have said they won't run, as has former Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.), a 2002 candidate.