REPORT: Former Dem Congressman’s Son Tossed From Ballot After Relative Challenged Number of Valid Signatures

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The son and handpicked successor of former Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.) failed to qualify for the ballot in the Democratic congressional primary race to succeed his father, who resigned in December amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from former staffers.

That decision to toss John Conyers III from the primary ballot came after a fellow candidate and relative, state Sen. Ian Conyers of Detroit, challenged his signatures. The office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett determined John Conyers III had not in fact obtained enough valid signatures, causing the candidate to file a request for reconsideration on Friday. John Conyers III claimed Garrett’s staff had improperly invalidated certain signatures on his nomination petitions, the Detroit News reports. Garrett, also a Democrat, accepted her staff’s recommendation that she reject the petition.

The article goes on to state the following:

Ian Conyers, former Rep. John Conyers’ great nephew, said the challenge helps “ensure compliance with the spirit and letter of the law.”

John Conyers III filed an appeal of Garrett’s decision Monday afternoon.

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