Joe Schwarz, a former Republican congressman from Michigan, will say on Monday, March 1, whether or not he will run for Governor as an independent. See this story. Michigan has never had an independent candidate for Governor on a government-printed ballot. Michigan didn’t permit independent candidates for any office, until courts forced the state to create such provisions in 1988.
Schwarz would need 30,000 valid signatures. If he runs, he would be at a disadvantage because independent candidates in Michigan get the lowest spot on the ballot. Also, parties have straight-ticket devices, but of course there is no such thing as a straight-ticket device for independent candidates.