James Craig, Perry Johnson unlikely to qualify for Michigan ballot

May 23, 2022, 8:37 PM

James Craig's campaign faltered from early on. (File photo)

It's just about lights out for ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig's gubernatorial bid.

He, Perry Johnson and three other candidates did not submit enough valid petition signatures to make the ballot, according to a Michigan Bureau of Elections report reviewed by media outlets. That's half of the Republican field.

According to The Detroit News, Craig turned in a little over 10,000 valid signatures, well below the 15,000 needed to make the ballot. Another 11,000 signatures he submitted were reportedly invalid, the overwhelming majority due to "fraudulent petition circulators."

Johnson, a businessman, had just under 14,000.

Others below the threshhold are Michigan State Police Capt. Michael Brown, businesswoman Donna Brandenburg of Byron Center and financial adviser Michael Markey of Grand Haven.

Tudor Dixon, a businessewoman and conservative commentator who earlier Monday won the DeVos family's endorsement and has been shouted out by Donald Trump, is the top candidate to survive the cut.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers will decide at a meeting Thursday whether the candidates can appear on the August primary ballot.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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