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Congressman John Conyers' nominating petitions challenged

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - A rival's challenge to U.S. Rep John Conyers' nominating petitions could keep the veteran Detroit Democrat from seeking another term in Congress.

The staff of the Rev. Horace Sheffield III filed a challenge Tuesday with the Wayne County clerk's office after a WDIV-TV  report that two Conyers' petition circulators weren't registered voters when they gathered signatures.

Petition circulators must be registered voters. Conyers could miss a spot on the Aug. 5 primary ballot if the clerk's office rejects the signatures and Conyers falls short of the needed number.

The Associated Press left phone and email messages Tuesday evening for Conyers spokesman Andrew Schreiber.

The 84-year-old Conyers first was elected to the U.S. House in 1964. He represents Michigan's 13th district, which includes Detroit, Ecorse, Romulus and Westland.

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