Former Detroit police chief takes step towards GOP run for governor in Michigan

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig on Wednesday announced he was setting up what he described as an exploratory committee as he moves closer to running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Michigan.

“I’m opening an exploratory committee to help me think about a run for governor for the state of Michigan,” Craig said in a campaign style video. “This is about leading from the front, keeping people safe, which is a core responsibility, solving problems, that’s what Michigan needs.”

WHAT FORMER DETROIT POLICE CHIEF CRAIG TOLD FOX NEWS ABOUT POTENTIAL MICHIGAN GUBERNATORIAL RUN

In a statement, Craig touted that “I led as chief of police — and began my life — on the streets of Detroit. Now it is time to travel the state, and visit other communities.”

And taking aim at Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who’s running for reelection next year, Craig highlighted that he’ll “be talking with law enforcement, hosting small business roundtables, and meeting with voters in their homes to hear about the negative impact the current governor’s policies are having on their communities, their workplaces and their families.”

A formal campaign launch by Craig is expected after Labor Day. Craig would join seven Republicans who are already running for governor, including

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