DeVos Family Endorses Tudor Dixon For Michigan Governor
Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon received a major endorsement on Monday.
Businessman Dick DeVos’ announcement came during a radio appearance on Detroit radio station WJR’s The Paul. Show by W. Smith.
DeVos said he and his politically powerful family believe Dixon is ready to “come out and serve our state.”
“We believe Tudor has, as a business leader, as a mother, experience, passion and a plan to get the state back on track,” DeVos said.
The DeVos family is a major player in Michigan politics, with a record of major fundraising for conservative efforts.
Dick DeVos himself ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006. His wife, Betsy DeVos, chaired the state’s Republican party and served as education secretary in the Trump administration.
Dixon, a businesswoman, former TV host and mother of four, said she was honored to have the endorsement as the campaign enters a “new phase”.
“Our message is simple. We want Michigan to be the best state in the country in which to live, work, run a business, raise a family and retire,” she said in a written statement.
DeVos’ endorsement could help raise Dixon’s profile statewide. Despite support from some other political leaders in the state, including Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), she has fallen behind. recent survey by the Glengariff Group.
Meanwhile, Dixon was among three Republican gubernatorial candidates facing a challenge in their filing paperwork due to issues with signatures. The other two were former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson.
Staff reports released Monday night by the Office of Elections found Dixon had enough signatures to qualify for the primary ballot, although Craig, Johnson and three other GOP candidates did not.