Kasich is 5th candidate who plans to attend Michigan event

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces he is running for the 2016 Republican party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich, a two-term governor and former congressman, has little name recognition in the crowded GOP field, but he is already airing television ads in New Hampshire where he is heading immediately after making his run official. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces he is running for the 2016 Republican party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich, a two-term governor and former congressman, has little name recognition in the crowded GOP field, but he is already airing television ads in New Hampshire where he is heading immediately after making his run official. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to speak at a Republican gathering in Michigan in September.

He’s the fifth presidential candidate announced as a speaker at the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. The Sept. 18-20 event will occur six months before Michigan’s presidential primary.

Other speakers on Mackinac Island will include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday that Kasich is a “proven leader” who “understands the issues important to the Midwest.”

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