John Conyers III announced, after his father resigned from Congress last December, that he would run for the vacated Detroit-anchored congressional seat that John Conyers Sr. (D) had held since 1965. But, he submitted less than the required number of valid petition signatures, which disqualified him from participating in the Democratic primary. Mr. Conyers later announced that he would run as an Independent after a court upheld the County Clerk’s initial primary election ruling. Now, he has been bounced again. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett announced that Conyers does not qualify to run as an Independent because he entered the Democratic primary. Therefore, the state’s “sore loser” law prevents him from appearing on the general election ballot on any line.
Mr. Conyers’ cousin, state Sen. Ian Conyers (D-Detroit) is in the race, but polling shows he is not faring well. The three Democratic leaders, Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones, former state Rep. Rashida Klaib, and Westland Mayor William Wild, are all within the polling margin of error.
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