Congressional candidate and Michigan State Sen. Ian Conyers says he should be the only Conyers on the upcoming August Democratic primary ballot.
The state senator says the son of retired Congressman John Conyers, John Conyers III, should not be allowed on the ballot.
Long-time U.S. Rep. John Conyers resigned earlier this year after serving for about a half-century in the House, amid allegations of sexual harassment.
He endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.
But the former representative’s great-nephew, Ian Conyers, is also vying for the seat.
And now Ian Conyers is charging that Conyers III filed only half of the valid voter signatures necessary to appear on the primary ballot and should not have his name printed on it.
Wayne County Election officials confirm the challenge but say they do not have a timetable for when the signatures will be validated.
If the challenge is successful, Ian Conyers would be the only one with that last name on the ballot, a name well-known to voters in the 13th Congressional District.
Conyers III could appeal a decision against him.
His father did that when the long-time Congressman’s campaign did not turn in enough valid signatures in 2014.
Or Conyers III could run as a write-in candidate.