Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley arrested on Jan. 6 riot-related charges

Allendale — FBI agents arrested Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley on Thursday on misdemeanor charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, injecting a new round of turmoil into Michigan's upcoming primary election. 

Kelley, 40, became one of the highest-profile individuals nationally to face charges so far in federal authorities' ongoing investigation. Federal court records describe Kelley as being an active participant in the riot, climbing onto portions of the Capitol, encouraging yelling, gesturing to participants and removing a covering from a temporary structure outside the Capitol.