|Guzman, right, meets with President Trump in the fall of 2016|
By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
Dr. Joseph Guzman, a Michigan State Professor who was a Michigan Trump Co-Chair and member of President Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council during the 2016 campaign, has filed paperwork to run for Secretary of State.
Guzman was repeatedly attacked on campus for supporting Trump, but always stood his ground. WMP broke that story, which was picked up by numerous national outlets.
After President Trump won, Guzman was a top candidate for Labor Secretary, even going to Trump Tower in New York to discuss the position as one of four finalists on the shortlist.
According to Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News:
“I think it’s vitally important we ensure the integrity of our voter systems, our election systems, and that we continue the progress (current Secretary of State) Ruth Johnson has made in customer service,” Guzman told The Detroit News, explaining his motivation for a run.
Guzman previously worked as first deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy in the Office of Financial Management and Comptroller, as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force and as deputy director of the Department of Defense’s Biometric Management Office.
“I’ve had a lifelong interest in policy and public service,” he said when asked about his qualifications for secretary of state, a post that involves oversight of elections, vehicle registration and drivers licensing.
Guzman and his family moved to Michigan seven years ago. His three oldest children have gone to college here, and Guzman said he and his family have “really become Michiganders.”
Current Secretary of State candidates include Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot, and State Senator Mike Kowall.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com