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Ex-Detroit Police Chief All But Launches Michigan Governor Campaign

James Craig speaking into a microphone
City of Detroit
Craig is the eighth Republican to form a candidate committee.

Detroit's former police chief, Republican James Craig has all but launched his campaign for governor.

He is seeking to become Michigan’s first Black governor with a “law-and-order” message and emphasis on his leadership abilities.

Craig is the eighth Republican to form a candidate committee. 

He's the best known and is considered a serious contender.

A former Democrat, the 61-year-old would be just the second Black major-party gubernatorial nominee if he wins the 2022 primary and would face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Craig retired in June from the Detroit Police Department.

He released a video Wednesday and announced the formation of an “exploratory committee” that lets him begin raising and spending money.

His campaign says a formal launch with events and rallies will likely occur after Labor Day.


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