Chiropractor-turned-activist aims to upend Michigan politics

Craig Mauger
The Detroit News

Mattawan — Garrett Soldano, a football standout who became a star in conservative circles, is hoping the movement against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic carries him to the governor's office.

Soldano, who grew up in a trailer park in Coldwater before playing linebacker at Western Michigan University, is a first-time candidate and political outsider whom many see as an underdog in the Republican primary race. However, he's quietly reported the second-largest fundraising haul of the 11 GOP candidates and the most individual donors, a potential sign of heavy grassroots support for his campaign.

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