Michigan board will see if James Craig turned in forged ballot petition signatures

April 27, 2022, 7:59 AM

James Craig's seemingly snakebit run for governor gets more negative attention.

He "may not have collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the August primary ballot, according to Democrats and a group supporting one of his GOP rivals," Bridge Michigan discloses.

The political novice announces his campaign last September in Detroit. (Photo: Michael Lucido)

Clinton Township attorney Mark Brewer, past chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, filed a complaint Tuesday with the State Board of Canvassers with examples of what he called "obvious forgery" on 6,933 signatures. Bridge adds:

Craig last week submitted 21,000 signatures, but Democrats are challenging a total of 9,652, including 30 from allegedly dead voters.

Michigan requires 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for the August primary, so if the challenges are successful, Craig would fall below that threshold. ... 

Craig is among ten Republican candidates who have filed at least 15,000 signatures in order to qualify for the August primary. The winner will take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who last month filed 30,000 petition signatures, the maximum allowed.

The Lansing publication quotes Craig, a past Detroit police chief, as saying last week: "There are things about this work that I don't know. Had I known what I know now, I probably would have started getting petitions signed in July of last year." 

The four-member canvassers' board hasn't yet scheduled a hearing date to consider the challenges against Craig, as well as against some nominating petitions submitted by gubernatorial hopefuls Perry Johnson and Tudor Dixon, according to Bridge.

Read more:  Bridge Michigan

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