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Saginaw doctor launches campaign for Michigan governor

Feb 24, 2016

Dr. Jim Hines, candidate for the Michigan governor in 2018.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Believe it or not, Michigan’s 2018 race for governor is underway.

Jim Hines has been an obstetrician-gynecologist for 30 years. Now, he’s also a Republican candidate for governor. He announced his candidacy at his Saginaw medical office today.

“In this area, where I have delivered thousands of babies, I’m very well known,” says Hines. “But I’m not very well known in the rest of the state. I have a lot of work to do.”

Hines says he’s running to counter the “finger pointing” and “grandstanding” on issues like the Flint water crisis and Detroit’s schools. 

Hines is the first of what could be a crowded field of candidates for the Republican nomination in 2018.