John James is running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan as a Republican conservative, and if he tastes victory in the primary, he would become the party’s first African-American in four decades running for prominent statewide office in November.
The 37-year-old Farmington Hills businessman and retired Armed Forces helicopter pilot is vying against Grosse Pointe financier Sandy Pensler by espousing Christian, anti-abortion and gun rights views. With a win in the Aug. 7 primary for the right to face Democrat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, James would be the first black Republican to advance to a high-profile general election contest since William Lucas in 1986.
John James says,
“I am running in the Republican Party because the platform most aligns with my values. I am pro-life. I am pro-Second Amendment. I am pro-family. I am pro-business,” he said in a recent interview at the Detroit Athletic Club. “Even when I go talk with…
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