Democrat John Conyers’ bedside wish for his son to take his Michigan House seat, after being forced from Congress over a sexual misconduct scandal, likely won’t come true -- now that the younger Conyers reportedly has failed to qualify for the ballot.
The Wayne County Clerk Office’s elections staff said last week that John Conyers III, the ex-congressman’s son, was ineligible because he didn’t submit enough valid signatures on his application to run in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary, according to local reports.
State Sen. Ian Conyers, the former congressman’s great nephew, also launched a run -- and in doing so, reportedly challenged hundreds of submitted signatures on Conyers III’s application.
Conyers III reportedly fell about 95 valid signatures short of the required 1,000 to get on the ballot for the Detroit-area House seat, and nearly half of the roughly 1,800 submitted signatures were ruled invalid.
The former congressman retired as the longest-serving House member after several women accused him of sexual misconduct and a news report stated he’d used his office budget to settle a 2015 claim by a former female staffer who accused him of unwanted sexual advances.