50-year Congressman John Conyers not eligible for primary ballot?

Posted by: ST on May 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Election 2014

The road ahead looks a bit rocky for Conyers.


Detroit – Veteran U.S. Congressman John Conyers does not have enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, according to Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett.

Garrett told Local 4 on Friday that the signatures of two of Conyers’ circulators appear to be invalid.

However, she said this is not the final decision on the issue. That will come by May 7, following an investigation into a formal challenge of Conyers’ signatures.

If he doesn’t get on the ballot, Conyers will have to run as a write-in candidate for his 26th term. The 84-year-old Detroit Democrat is coming up on 50 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He needed 1,000 valid voter signatures to get his name on the ballot.

On Wednesday, one of the Deputy Clerks, who did not want to appear on camera, told Local 4 Conyers qualified with 1,193 total signatures. Conyers put out a statement saying the Clerk’s Office verified his petitions.

“I am pleased that the County Clerk has determined that there are a sufficient number of signatures to allow my name to appear on the ballot in the upcoming August 5th primary election. I look forward to a full and robust campaign in the primary and general elections,” Conyers’ statement reads.

However, Conyers’ statement was premature as Garrett now says Conyers does not appear to have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.

Assuming he has to run as a write-in, expect the cries of raaaaaacism to commence.

Stay tuned, of course ….

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3 Responses to “50-year Congressman John Conyers not eligible for primary ballot?”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Conyers is nothing more than a political hack. He along with others issued a report on the George W. Bush administration entitled “Reigning in the Imperial Presidency”. Were that such diligence could be displayed in relation to fellow commiecrat Obhammud.

  2. Tango says:

    ….bound to be a trunk full of signatures just waiting to be “discovered” somewhere in Detroit!

  3. Carlos says:

    Only as it should be, but the fools in his district that keep putting him in (25 times) won’t elect anyone that will take away their “freebies” (that cost the productive members of society), so if he doesn’t win in a write-in campaign, they’ll just vote in some other fool.