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Gubernatorial candidates file signatures ahead of deadline

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A handful of GOP gubernatorial hopefuls submitted their signatures today ahead of a deadline to get on the primary ballot.

Ten Republicans are vying for the party’s nomination to face Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer in her re-election bid this November.

Candidate Ryan Kelley spoke to reporters after filing his nominating petition. "I’m going to stand strong on conservative values with real truth solutions for the state and attract people to us, not figure out what my message has to be in order for them to vote for me." said Kelley. He says he plans to stand out from the field by not catering his message to appeal to independent voters.

Kelly took the moment to challenge each of the other Republican candidates to a one-on-one debate.

Michigan’s primary elections will take place on August 2nd.