The following is the continued list of Metro Detroit candidates running for congressional seats in the Aug. 7 and Nov. 6 elections.
13TH DISTRICT (open)
Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit), who was first elected to Congress in 1964, stepped down in December, following sexual harassment allegations. At press time, 12 Democratic candidates, including two of his relatives, are competing for his seat.
State Sen. Ian Conyers (D-Detroit) was elected to the State Senate in a special election in 2016 following the resignation earlier that year of former State Sen. Vigil Smith (D-Detroit). He is the grand-nephew of John Conyers and has cited his expertise with redevelopment projects as well as helping small and disadvantaged businesses. His campaign goals include providing solutions to the region’s challenges.
John Conyers III
Conyers, the son of John Conyers, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 24, indicating his plans to run. He has also received his father’s endorsement, but neither has a campaign website nor has made any public announcements as to why he’s running or where he stands on particular issues.
Dillard, an attorney and former diplomat, ran for secretary of state in 2014. He has represented students who wanted affirmative action admissions policies implemented at the University of Michigan.
Gilmore is a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich). His goals include creating tuition-free trade schools, community colleges, state universities and historically Black colleges and universities; creating livable-wage jobs at home, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour with increases to match the rate of inflation; closing tax loopholes for the wealthy; ending war and caring for veterans; criminal justice reform and fair immigration reform.
According to his campaign website, Hill is disgusted by the dysfunction of Washington: The constant bickering, the endless infighting and the total inability to effect positive change for the lives of those that truly matter.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania whose family helped establish Detroit Memorial Park, Michigan’s first Black cemetery. His first job, at age 14, was at the cemetery. More recently, he’s worked at chain of clinics that treated people with substance abuse disorders.
A former state representative from Detroit, who served from 2007-2013, Jackson is running to increase federal resources for Wayne County’s residents.
Jones is the president of Detroit City Council. According to the Associated Press, she announced her candidacy in January, a few days after both Ian Conyers and John Conyers III made bids for the seat.
Kimberly Hill Knott
Knott, a former legislative assistant to Conyers, is running on the issues of the environment/clean energy; economic development; education and health care.
According to her campaign website, during her time as a legislative assistant, she was able to help prisoners transition back into society and helped craft legislation that supported ex-offenders, which prevented them from falling into conditions of homelessness. She also convened federal and state probation officers and workforce development specialists to develop a pilot job training program for ex-offenders, as well as a job fair, held at Cobo Hall.
Tlaib is a public interest lawyer and former three-term state representative. She is the first Muslim American woman to be elected to the state legislature and seeks to bring an effective change through running for Congress.
White is a Southgate resident and a former community service officer for the Detroit Police Department who now works for an emergency medical transportation company.
According to his platform, his goals include redeveloping neighborhoods and communities, including making water affordable for residents stopping tax foreclosures of many owner-occupied homes and increasing public safety; economic prosperity and education, including early childhood education, afterschool programs, college graduation and teacher pay and health care.
Wild has been mayor of Westland since 2007 and is running to boost transportation options for seniors, implement youth jobs programs and calls for pushing anti-discrimination policies for LGBTQ residents.
Coleman Young II
Term-limited State Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) lost the Democratic primary challenge to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan last year. His campaign manager, Adolph Mongo, claims that Young had been approached to run for Conyers’ vacant seat and that he is passionate about bringing social justice.
Brenda Lawrence (Democrat incumbent)
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. First elected to Congress in 2014, the former four-term mayor of Southfield recently helped introduce legislation that calls for employees of Congress to be trained to prevent sexual harassment. γ