Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Modern Family, Detroit Style: Conyers III Unlikely To Make Ballot In 13th District Race To Replace His Father After His Cousin Challenges Signatures

By Brandon Hall
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John Conyers III, son of embattled former Congressman John Conyers, is not expected to make the ballot after failing to file enough valid signatures.

The news broke Wednesday afternoon and is expected to be made official later in the week.

The signatures were challenged by his cousin, State Sen. Ian Conyers, who is also seeking the seat...

According to the Detroit News:

"John Conyers III does not have enough valid voter signatures to qualify for the congressional race to replace his father, resigned U.S. Rep. John Conyers, according to elections staff at the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

Clerk Cathy Garrett is expected to make a final decision by Friday after staff recommended she keep Conyers III off the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot in the 13th Congressional District.

The review was prompted by a formal petition challenge filed by an attorney for State Sen. Ian Conyers, D-Detroit, the former congressman’s great nephew who is also running for the seat.

Conyers III submitted 1,914 petition signatures to qualify for primary ballot as a candidate for a full two-year term that begins in January, but only 905 were valid, according to a staff report from the Wayne County Elections Division.

Congressional candidates need 1,000 valid signatures to qualify under state law, and Conyers III’s petition should be deemed “insufficient,” staff said."


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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  1. Oh, I wouldn't worry!

    A lack of valid signatures has never kept a John Conyers off of the ballot.

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