One is a school choice activist who worked in the steel industry.  One is a chiropractor who led protests against the pandemic lockdown. Another is a business executive whose campaign is largely self-financed .

Each hopes to challenge incumbent Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in the November gubernatorial election, but first will face each other and two other candidates in the Aug. 2 primary that pollsters are calling a “complete tossup.”

Here is where Republicans Tudor Dixon, Kevin Rinke, and Garrett Soldano stand on key education issues. Soldano provided written responses while Dixon and Rinke responded by phone. Some of their responses have been trimmed for length.

Ryan D. Kelley declined to be interviewed or to provide written responses to questions. Ralph Rebandt, who is trailing far behind the other candidates in recent polls, did not respond to inquiries from Chalkbeat Detroit and Bridge Michigan.

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Tracie Mauriello covers state education policy for Chalkbeat Detroit and Bridge Michigan. Reach her at