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Paul Bagwell ran for Governor of Michigan in 1958 and 1960, losing both times. Born and raised in East Lansing, Bagwell was a professor of communication skills at Michigan State. Bagwell ran on what he called a platform of Responsible Republicanism. He despised partisanship and fought for extending unemployment benefits, increased taxes to support education, implementing income tax to help balance the state budget, expanding civil rights protections, and reforming the juvenile justice system. During his second campaign he promised that if elected, he would not seek a second term unless he was successful in creating 100,000 new factory jobs in his first two years.
Bagwell, Paul Douglas. (n.d.). Retrieved February 11, 2019, from https://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=53881