Grand Haven financial adviser is latest Republican to join Michigan gubernatorial race

A financial adviser and business owner from Grand Haven is the latest Republican to enter an expanding primary contest for governor of Michigan.

Michael Markey, 38, set up a campaign committee at the end of January which allows him to launch a fundraiser and collect the signatures necessary to appear on the ballot for the August primary. Markey said he wanted to build consensus in a polarized political climate and increase funding for education.

Markey is among 13 Republicans seeking to challenge Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the November general election. He could face an uphill battle to gain recognition and fundraising in a crowded race where leaders have spent much of 2021 building their campaign organizations.

“I would like to say it was a strategic decision as we watched the candidates declare their candidacy, but for me it was more prayer and talking to the people around me,” Markey said. “The more I talked to people, the more I prayed about it, the more I felt like it was something I had to do.”

Markey is co-founder of Legacy financial network, financial advisor, author, motivational speaker and radio host. He also boasts of being a member of Mensa, a self-proclaimed “high-IQ society.” Markey graduated from Eastern Michigan University where he played college baseball.

In an interview with MLive, Markey said he was focused on improving economic opportunity and reversing a trend of slow population growth.

“America was founded on a dream,” Markey said. “It was founded on the dream of religious freedom, and then we had a dream of independence. Henry Ford developed the car because he dreamed that every working man would have a car in the garage. space” was a dream. Now the only thing our kids and teens seem to dream about is leaving the state.

Republican candidates have strongly opposed Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, criticizing his temporary closure of business, public gatherings and in-person instruction. However, Markey said any politician who claims they could have handled the pandemic better “must understand the arrogance of that comment.”

“Would he have done things differently? Sure. I’m also not arrogant enough to say it would have been better, though,” Markey said. “I believe the government likely received information that was not presented to me via Fox or CNN.”

Markey also said he was “reluctantly satisfied” with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Other candidates have suggested more investigations are needed to confirm the loss of former President Donald Trump.

“I think our biggest question should be what do we do in the future?” Markey said. “Are the measures we currently have in place effective in mitigating, minimizing or eliminating voter fraud? If they aren’t, let’s make a game plan and do it together… Let’s stop talking about what happened and start talking about what we’re going to do in the future? »

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