Chase Turner Announces 2020 Run in Michigan's 38th
A Young 'Trump Supporting Republican' Takes a Second Shot in a Republican Stronghold
Chase Turner has launched his campaign to fill the seat left by term-limited state Rep. Kathy Crawford in Michigan’s 38th congressional district. Turner is the grandson of Detroit television personality Marilyn Turner and works for his family’s marketing company. He is a self described “conservative and Trump supporting Republican.“ Turner ran for the same seat in 2018, losing to Crawford in the Republican primary by seven points.
Michigan’s 38th congressional district is a strong Republican district that includes Lyon Township, part of Northville city, Novi, Novi Township, South Lyon and Walled Lake. Crawford has served as its representative since 2014, and before that her husband Hugh Crawford held the seat starting in 2009. Turner’s announcement speech during his 2018 election focused on his status on an outsider.
“Our politicians like us to believe that they have our best interests at heart,” Turner said. “At the end of the day they’re bought and paid for by lobbyists, by the special interests groups, and strong armed by the establishment to do whatever these people tell them they want to do.”
This anti-establishment stance defined his image in 2018, and he is carrying that image into 2020.
“As with many voters, the gap between promises made by politicians and promises actually kept has always been a concern of mine,” Turner said. “When elected to serve in Lansing, my commitment will be to keep my promises. I decided to enter this race as I felt my ideas and conservative values align with voters in the 38th District.”
Turner ran in 2018 as part of a wider movement of Trump-supporting Republicans. He supported the gubernatorial race of the liberty and Trump-focused outsider Patrick Colbeck and worked for the Lena Epstein campaign. Epstein, a former Michigan Trump campaign staffer, ran for Michigan’s 11th congressional district as a Trump-focused Republican and lost to Rep. Haley Stevens.
During his 2018 speech he made comments attacking Crawford, referring to her as a “RINO” Republican (Republican In Name Only). Turner took an interruption from the crowd to attack Crawford further:
“We need to elect people that are fearless, that are competitive...”
“And Honest,” interjected a woman from the crowd.
“And honest,” Turner responded. “Unlike Kathy.”
Without a defined opponent, Turner is hoping to use old-fashioned campaign strategies to sway the 38th.
“I believe my positions will attract a wide spectrum of the District’s voters,” said Turner. “My plan to be elected is simple. I will knock on more doors and listen to the concerns of more voters than any other candidate. If elected, I will deliver on promises made when I get to Lansing.”
The election for Michigan’s 38th congressional district will be held on November 3, 2020. If a Republican chooses the challenge Turner, the primary will be held on August 4, 2020.