Central Class of 1995 runs for Michigan Governor


The 1995 Flight Yearbook

Michigan Gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon (R) graduted from Naperville Central in 1995.

Jeremy Zhao, Managing Print Editor

Naperville Central graduate Tudor Dixon, 45, became the Republican Party nominee for Governor of Michigan after winning the Republican primary on Aug. 2. Dixon, Central class of 1995, was defeated by Democratic incumbent Gretchen Whitmer in the general election on Nov. 8. 

Dixon won 43.9% of the vote in the general election, while Whitmer won 54.5%. 

After graduating from Central, Dixon went on to receive a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Kentucky, according to Bridge Michigan. She moved to Michigan in 2002 and worked as an executive at Michigan Steel, a family-owned firm.

After leaving the steel industry, Dixon became a conservative news host on the news network “Real America’s Voice.” According to the Detroit Free Press, Dixon said she was “drawn into politics through her work in media.” She has never held political office before. 

Dixon is also a breast cancer survivor and mom of four girls. 

According to Bridge Michigan, Dixon opposed legal abortion except to “protect the life of the mother” in her 2022 governor campaign. She proposed a “four-year, $1 billion plan to recruit and retain police officers” to “quell a rise in violent crime.”