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Chamber Invites Top 5 Candidates to Participate in GOP Gubernatorial Debate

DETROIT (May 12, 2022) – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber invited five candidates for Michigan Governor to participate in a Republican Gubernatorial debate. The Chamber is hosting the debate, in coordination with the Michigan Republican Party, during its 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference on Thursday, June 2, at 4:30 p.m. at Grand Hotel. The candidates invited today are:

  • James Craig
  • Perry Johnson
  • Ryan Kelley
  • Kevin Rinke
  • Garrett Soldano

The candidate selection process was determined jointly by the Chamber and the Michigan Republican Party. A recent statewide survey of Republican primary voters conducted by The Glengariff Group Inc., the Chamber’s polling partner, informed the selection. The survey polled 500 likely August 2022 Republican Primary voters between April 29 and May 1, 2022.

The selection was based on the following survey question: respondents were read the names of all 10 filed candidates in alphabetical order and asked who they would support to be the Republican nominee for Governor. Each of the selected candidates received a response of 5% or higher to this question. The entire survey is available online.

“The Mackinac Policy Conference is pleased to welcome Michigan’s Republican Gubernatorial hopefuls to Michigan’s Center Stage as they present their vision for our state’s future,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We look forward to the candidates for Governor giving our attendees and a statewide audience their perspectives on Michigan’s future beyond campaign soundbites.”

While five candidates were invited to participate in the debate, the Chamber also extended an invitation to the additional five candidates to attend the Conference. The Chamber reserves the right to modify debate participants if the Board of State Canvassers rules on ballot petition challenges or if new, public, independent polling further identifies additional competitive candidates. Candidate polls will not qualify as independent polling. Candidates that exit the race will be excluded.

View the latest Conference updates at detroitchamber.com/mpc.