Why Won’t There Be A Special Election to Fill Conyers’ Seat Until November?

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Gov. Rick Snyder

We now have dates set for elections to fill the seat in Congress vacated by former Congressman John Conyers (D-Detroit).

But that general election won’t happen until next November. The primary will be held in August of 2018. That means the seat will remain empty for almost an entire year.

Why not call the election sooner?

What will this mean for people of the 13th District here in Michigan who won’t have representation in Congress for that year? What will it mean for Michigan and Midwest issues — such as Great Lakes funding — that are important to the governor and all Michiganders?

Click here to hear a conversation on Detroit Today about who might be running to replace Conyers in Congress

Anna Heaton, Gov. Rick Snyder’s press secretary, joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about the governor’s decision on the timing of the special election. Rick Pluta, state Capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network also joins the program to talk about the history, politics, and practical considerations involved with calling special elections to fill vacated congressional seats in Michigan.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

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This post is a part of 2018 Elections in Michigan.

On November 6, Michigan voters will decide who will be the state's new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Some state House and Senate seats are up for grabs, and numerous initiatives are expected on ballots.

WDET is committed to providing honest, fair, inclusive coverage of Michigan's 2018 elections. Join us now and all the way to the voting booth to be an informed voter.


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