State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) “filed paperwork Wednesday to run for Michigan governor. … Colbeck … confirmed he has taken ‘the first formal steps’ towards a run in a Thursday morning email to supporters.”
Colbeck: “Michigan deserves principled solutions that prioritize the best interests of ALL of our citizens, not an influential few.” (Detroit News)
BRING IN THE BAND. Former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed (D) has hired a raft of senior staffers for his bid. Max Glass will be his campaign manager after running Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester’s (D-DE) and Seth Moulton’s (D-MA) first successful congressional campaigns.
His finance director is Connor Farrell, a former fundraiser for two-time MI-06 challenger Paul Clements (D).
His communications director is Adam Joseph, a former speechwriter for Indian Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor.
Consultants include Martha McKenna of McKenna-Pihlaja and Jefrey Pollock of Global Strategy Group. (Hotline reporting)