John Conyers III Wants to Run as Independent
John Conyers III is circulating petitions to appear on the November ballot as an Independent candidate, after being found ineligible to appear on the Democratic primary in the race for his father's congressional seat due to a lack of signatures necessary to appear on the ballot. Candidates without a party affiliation have until July 19th to submit 3,000 qualifying signatures to make the November ballot, according to state rules. The crowded 13th District Democratic primary to replace resigned Congressman John Conyers Jr. includes Conyers' great-nephew, Ian Conyers, as well as former state Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Shanelle Jackson, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, state Sen. Coleman Young III, and Westland Mayor Bill Wild. Conyers' former staffer, Kimberly Hill Knott, is running as a write-in candidate. More here.