John James becomes first candidate to file for US Senate

More than 23,000 signatures demonstrates statewide, grassroots energy

The John James for Senate campaign filed more than 23,500 signatures, collected by more than 400 volunteers, to place John James on the ballot as Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

“This campaign stands on a firm foundation laid in the toughest political environment for Republicans in a generation,” James said. “I look forward to building on our momentum with the resources to speak for myself and the time to earn the respect of all Michiganders regardless of political affiliation. Michiganders in our neglected neighborhoods and forgotten farms deserve change now! Positive, diverse and effective leadership experience is what’s needed in Washington to break the gridlock and help get everyone working together again.”

James, an Army veteran and Detroit businessman, announced his intention to run for the seat in June. Since then, James has steadily gained momentum, raising more than $3 million last quarter and ultimately outraising the incumbent. Several polls have shown that the US Senate race in Michigan is a statistical dead heat, with only a slim margin separating the two candidates. To date, the 2020 Michigan Senate race is one of the most competitive in the nation.

In 2018, 1.9 million Michigan voters backed James, putting him within just 6.5 points of toppling the Democrat incumbent and making it the closest U.S. Senate election in Michigan since 2000.

“It’s exciting to support a candidate like John James—I believe he’s the right kind of leadership for Michigan,” said Laurette DeBoer, of Holland. “Being both a veteran and successful businessman, I know that John has the record and values it takes to be a true leader and public servant for Michigan.”

DeBoer was one of 22 volunteers to turn in petition signatures to the Secretary of State months ahead of the April deadline, well in excess of the 15,000 necessary to be placed on the ballot in Michigan. All candidates, whether incumbents or challengers, must submit 15,000 signatures within 180 days to qualify for placement on the primary ballot.