State Attorney General Bill Schuette has won the Republican nomination for Michigan governor, defeating three other candidates vying to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, including Dr. Jim Hines on Tuesday.
After the primaries, Hines released this statement:
I have met thousands of hardworking people all across this State during my campaign for Governor and this has been a tremendous experience. I want to thank all of the volunteers who helped me during this campaign. I will never be able to express the gratitude that I have for their support.
It is important to the State of Michigan that we elect a republican Governor and republican legislature this fall. I want to congratulate Bill Schuette on his victory and I want to pledge my support to helping him get elected Governor of this great State. The greatest threat to Michigan’s recovery is the election of democrat Gretchen Whitmer.
Michigan cannot afford the liberal policies of Gretchen Whitmer and that is why I will do whatever I can to assist Bill Schuette to become the next Governor of Michigan. I urge everyone who supported me to join me in supporting Bill Schuette for Governor.
Dr. Jim Hines
People First, Not Politics! That's the slogan of the Hines for Governor campaign. "I'm the only outsider who has a real plan to move Michigan forward by getting our roads fixed, our auto insurance lowered and our kids reading by the third grade," Dr. Hines told News 10.
Dr. Jim Hines is not a politician and has never ran for office. He is a medical doctor, who has delivered thousands of babies over 38 years. He's also ran two mission hospitals and Urgent Care facilities in the Central African Republic. He co-owns a medical practice with 45 employees and is a former small business owner. He is also a former chief of Covenant HealthCare and the former national president of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Hines is a family man; he and his wife have been married for 43 years with seven sons and 16 grandchildren. He is an airplane pilot, a CPL holder, a life-long hunter, and long-time Harley owner and rider, and he has a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
He has many focuses for the campaign; a few of them are Michigan jobs and keeping taxes under control, child abuse, education and literacy, integrity and governing in line with the original intent of the founding fathers, and a goal of affordable, accessible, and high-quality healthcare for everyone who wants it.
On improving Michigan's job climate he says, "We cannot allow this state to go back to the days of higher taxes, burdensome regulation, and handing out tax breaks to favored industries. Too many politicians want to raise taxes, hindering Michigan recovery."
He wants Michiganders to put children first and provide every child in the state a good education. He says it's the most important thing that can be done for the future of Michigan. He loves Michigan's fresh water and thinks that we need to do more to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, sewer overflows, run-off and the possibility of oil spills.
And as for infrastructure, he wants to fix the roads too. "Partisan fighting in Lansing continues to delay any action on fixing our roads," he says. "That same bickering has delayed any real improvements for several years. We need to fix the roads and bridges now and find a solution to our aging water and sewer systems."
Here's a link to his website: Hines For Governor.