DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig said he will run as a write-in candidate in the Republican primary for governor after fraudulent signatures on petitions left him short of the minimum to get on the Aug. 2 ballot.
Craig was considered a GOP front-runner with wide name recognition in southeastern Michigan before from the ballot because of phony signatures turned in by paid circulators.
“I’m going to run as a write-in,” Craig said. “I’m going to be the next governor.”
Wealthy business consultant Perry Johnson is asking a federal judge to revive his campaign, though his lawsuit is a long shot.
Five candidates remain in the Republican primary: Tudor Dixon, Kevin Rinke, Ryan Kelley, Garrett Soldano and Ralph Rebandt. The winner will face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November.
Kelley was and charged with misdemeanors for his participation in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.