Independent Seeks Ballot Access for AG Race

From Capital City Recap and Between The Lines newspaper:

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Graveline is trying to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for state attorney general. But he has a serious burden to overcome first: he has to collect 30,000 signatures from valid registered voters in Michigan by July 19 at 4 p.m. In addition, he has to have at least 100 signatures from half of the state’s 14 Congressional districts.

“I will say this upon entering the race, it’s become very clear to me the barrier keeping independents from running is almost prohibitively high compared with what the major parties have to do,” he said during an interview last night on Capital City Recap on WILS 1320 AM. “We’re working very hard at getting the 30,000 signatures, but we’re also taking a close look at the constitutionality of the statute under which it requires independents to collect 30,000 signatures.”

When asked if he was “hinting” at possibly challenging the law with that statement, he replied, “That is correct.” He said that the current law puts an extra burden on independent candidates.

However, if Graveline is successful, he will face Democrat Dana Nessel on the left and on the right Republican voters will nominate either State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, or Speaker of the Michigan House Tom Leonard…

To read the rest, visit Between The Lines.

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