Saginaw Doctor Off And Running As GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
Dr. Jim HINES, a Saginaw-based physician who has never run for public office, has officially thrown his name in the ring as a Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Hines hasn’t been very involved politically — state campaign finance records didn’t reveal much — and said he’d be running as a political outsider, something he thinks would give him an advantage against other potential GOP contenders.
He said his experience as a physician — and the problem-solving he employs as a result — plus the leadership he’s displayed both as the head of his small practice and the large nonprofit Covenant HealthCare make him qualified to run for governor.
Hines is a transplant. He was born in Indiana in 1955, but started his residency program in Saginaw in 1987, according to his campaign website.
Besides his local practice and Covenant, he’s also president of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. He’s done medical missionary work in Africa, and he’s married and has seven sons.
Hines said he’s concerned for the future of Michigan, citing “significant issues” that need to be dealt with. He said education, children, infrastructure and the environment are his top priorities.
While Hines said he’s known in his area — he said he’s delivered “thousands of babies” — he acknowledged he’s not known throughout the state, but said his goal was to visit all 83 counties.
Asked why he would run for office, Hines said he was inspired by another physician-turned-governor, former Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen, who visited the medical school Hines attended at one point.
But more recently, Hines read something attributed to Thomas Jefferson about how Jefferson believed a threat to the early American government would be when the best-qualified people didn’t want to run for office.
That observation “hit me in the heart,” Hines said, adding that he had been “sitting on the sidelines” watching things fall apart.
From there, the idea of running for governor was planted in his head. For nearly a year, Hines mulled it over, even consulting some unnamed advisors who pushed him to run.
As for why he chose governor over other types of public office as his first campaign, Hines said it would give him the “greatest opportunity” to make a difference.