Ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig announces bid for Michigan governor

Ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig announces bid for Michigan governor
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  • James Craig
    Head of the Detroit Police Department
  • Gretchen Whitmer
    Gretchen Whitmer
    49th governor of Michigan

James Craig, the former chief of police for the city of Detroit, announced his bid for Michigan governor on Wednesday night.

Craig said he's "running" during a segment of Fox News, though a campaign launch coupled with rallies is expected after Labor Day, his campaign said. He will join at least seven other GOP challengers who are projected to enter the race.

"We're part of a movement," Craig told Tucker Carlson. "We're going to take the state back."

Craig retired from his role in Detroit on June 1 and hinted at the possibility of seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022 as early as May. Hours prior to his Fox News segment, the former chief, who said he has been a Republican "for many years," formed an exploratory committee to "think about" whether or not he will enter the race.

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“This is about leading from the front, keeping people safe, which is a core responsibility, [and] solving problems. That’s what Michigan needs,” Craig said in a video announcement, leaning on his record as police chief.

“I met with so many in our community so that we could build that trust-based relationship,” he said of his eight years as a top officer. “We did that.”

Craig said his leadership helped protect the city from the same fate Minneapolis and others experienced after George Floyd was killed.

“Detroit never burned, and always, our police officers mattered,” he said.

Craig, who began his law enforcement career in 1977, "voluntarily" departed the police force when he left in June and alluded to an eventual bid for public office.

“I am deeply passionate for public service, but not just public service, but in a leadership role," he said at the time.

The chief went on to say that he's been bombarded with messages from Michiganders, both Republicans and Democrats, who want to see him pursue office. When asked about specific political positions, such as support of former President Donald Trump, Craig declined to answer.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has credited Craig for bringing "professionalism to the department" and helping the embattled city rebuild from years of rampant crime and controversy in the force. However, Duggan also called Whitmer "the best partner" to the city and told reporters he'd "support her" even if Craig were to pursue office.

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