Conyers III won't appear on primary ballot in race to replace his father

Conyers III won't appear on primary ballot in race to replace his father
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John ConyersJohn James ConyersConservative activist disrupts campaign event for Muslim candidates Michigan Dems elect state's first all-female statewide ticket for midterms Record numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress MORE III, the son of former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), will not appear on the Democratic primary ballot in the race to fill his father’s vacated seat. 

The Detroit News reported Monday that Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett determined John Conyers III did not submit enough valid petition signatures to appear on the ballot.

He had submitted more than 1,900 signatures to appear on the ballot, but the clerk’s office found more than half were invalid. That left him short of the 1,000 necessary for the petition to be certified. 

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John Conyers III filed for reconsideration last week, but Garrett upheld the original decision on Monday.

State Sen. Ian Conyers (D), John Conyers III's cousin, filed the original challenge over the authenticity of his cousin's signatures. Ian Conyers is also running for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming primary.

Ian Conyers will appear on the primary ballot on Aug. 7, along with former state Reps. Shanelle Jackson and Rashida Tlaib, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, Westland Mayor Bill Wild and state Sen. Coleman Young III.

John Conyers Jr. resigned in December in the face of mounting allegations of sexual misconduct. He endorsed his son in the campaign to replace him.