Detroit Evening Report: Retired Detroit police chief James Craig officially launches US Senate campaign

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FILE - James Craig, a former Detroit police chief, announces he is a Republican candidate for governor of Michigan, on Sept. 14, 2021,

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig ended his Republican bid for an open U.S. Senate seat in Michigan just over four months after launching his campaign.

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has officially announced his intention to run for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat.

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Craig released a video launching his campaign Tuesday morning.

“Americans want better, and they want something different, and we’re going to give it to them,” he says in the clip.

Craig served as the city’s police chief from 2013 to 2021.

The retired police chief ran as a Republican in last year’s governor race in Michigan, but failed to make the primary ballot when thousands of petition signatures were thrown out.

Craig will face off against other Michigan Republicans, including former Congress members Mike Rogers and Peter Meijer.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced in January that she is not running for re-election.

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