Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig to formally announce run for Michigan governor

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Despite having never run for elected office, James Craig has his sights on the governor's office.

The former Detroit Police Chief is expected to officially kick off his run for Michigan’s governor at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Point on Belle Isle.

WWJ’s Charlie Langton caught up with Craig in Greektown to get a campaign preview, and Detroit’s former top cop said public safety will be a main priority.

“If you are governor, if you’re a mayor, your core responsibility is public safety,” Craig said. “When you talk about some of the reckless comments that have been made by those who sit on the left -- the far left…’Defund the Police’ -- I think it’s the governor’s role to denounce it.”

The Republican candidate is also scheduled to make stops today in Flint and Grand Rapids, and will head to northern Michigan later this week.

Craig stepped down from the Detroit Police Department at the end of June after eight years as chief, concluding a four decade-long career in law enforcement.