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James Craig announces Republican campaign for governor

Republican primary voters will not choose their nominee until August 2022.
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:55 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The 2022 race for Michigan’s governor is heating up. Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig kicked off his republican campaign Tuesday on Belle Isle in Detroit.

Craig was met with a swarm of protestors during his campaign announcement and kept his statement brief.

“I only have one thing to say, I am running for Governor,” said Craig, 65.

Up until this point, Craig has not been open about how he plans to run against incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer. That will likely change with Tuesday’s announcement.

In July, Craig confirmed he would be running for governor while appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” The announcement came just weeks after Craig delivered his first political speech in Jackson during a celebration for the Republican party’s 167th birthday.

Republican primary voters will not choose their nominee until August 2022. Currently, Craig is among other republican candidates including Michigan State Police Captain Mike Brown and Kalamazoo-based chiropractor Garrett Soldano.

On the Democratic side, Gov. Whitmer is the incumbent. She has not made any official campaign announcements yet but is expected to run again next year.

After his announcement on Belle Isle, Craig says he will be making stops in Flint and Grand Rapids as a part of his “Campaign Kick-Off” tour.

“This was objectively not a good morning for James Craig and the party insiders putting their thumbs on the scale for him as he fled to find a safe space for his campaign reboot,” said Rodericka Applewhaite, spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party. “Disruption or no, Michiganders are the ones who lose here. For months they’ve gone without answers from the Detroit Dodger on the integrity of our elections, his refusal to speak out against criminalizing abortion, his willingness to condemn the insurrection, and every other issue he’s avoided for flashy national cable interviews. Michiganders deserve better.”

If elected, Craig would be Michigan’s first African American governor.

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