Detroit Chief James Craig Meets with GOP Officials as He Prepares Run for Governor, Politico Reports

May 07, 2021, 2:42 PM by  Allan Lengel

James Craig

Update, 7 p.m. Friday: Detroit Police Chief James Craig, reportedly planning to announce his retirement Monday, has been meeting with Republican leaders as he prepares to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022, Politico reports.

Craig has spent recent days meeting with Ron Weiser, chair of the Michigan Republican Party, and has spoken to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, chair of the Republican Governors Association, the publication says.

Friday afternoon post:

Detroit Police Chief James Craig plans to announce his retirement on Monday and is considering a run for state office, possibly governor, Detroit media outlets report Friday.

Deadline Detroit columnist Charlie LeDuff first reported on his Friday podcast, "No BS News Hour," that Craig is likely to announce his retirement next week to run as a Republican next year against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Fox 2, citing unnamed sources, also reported that Craig plans to retire and "possibly" run for governor.

Craig has been chief since 2013. At one point, he jointly held the position of deputy mayor. 

He's been pro-gun when it comes to citizens protecting themselves, and appeared on Fox News at least three times last month. He's also a recurring interview guest on CNN. 

"The chief has not indicated to the mayor he has made any decisions about his future," mayoral spokesman John Roach told Deadline Detroit.

A Detroit Police spokeswoman said she's ask Craig for comment, but had yet to return the call as of 5 p.m. Friday. 

Several names have surfaced as potential Republican candidates for governor in 2022, including Ronna Romney McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, and John James, who lost bids in 2018 and 2020 for U.S. Senate. 

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