LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pardoned a turkey on Monday.

The turkey’s name, Mitch E. Gander, was submitted by Seneca of Grand Rapids and Mia of Harper Woods.

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The name was selected from more than 6,000 entries in the statewide contest announced last week. Mitch E. Gander is the first turkey pardoned since the governor took office.

Runner-Up Names:

  • Tahquamenon Tom from Kerry, Chesterfield, and Ben in Ann Arbor
  • Turcules from Jack in Brighton
  • Otto Moe Beel from David in Ann Arbor
  • Ryan Gobbling from Christian in Ishpeming
  • Simon Fowl from Jennifer in Taylor
  • Lynyrd from Dorothy, Chelsea, and Mike in Alpena
  • Mack E. Gnaw from the Hayes family in Cadillac
  • Roger Featherer from Joan in Kalamazoo
  • Steve Thighzerman from Sean in Ypsilanti
  • Tom Thanks from Sean in Ypsilanti and Elarose in Big Rapids
  • Teddy Roostavelt from Michelle in Manistee