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Saginaw doctor first MI gubernatorial candidate to file for 2018


A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year.

Doctor Jim Hines filed more than 22 thousand signatures to appear on the August 2018 Republican primary ballot.

Hines says he’s a fan of President Trump and Governor Rick Snyder, who were also political novices when they first ran for their jobs.

“And as I travel the state, I’m finding a lot of interest for someone who does not have a   long political history and wants to put people first.”

That puts Hines in contrast with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette, who are eyeing bids for the Republican nomination but have not formally declared they’re running. Governor Snyder cannot run again due to term limits.