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Inkster city councilman will replace Plawecki on ballot

Jewell Jones
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Inkster city councilman Jewell Jones. Jones will replace the late Rep. Julie Plawecki on the August ballot.

Democratic precinct delegates have selected a new candidate to run for a Detroit-area state House seat.

Inkster City Councilman Jewell Jones will replace the late Rep. Julie Plawecki on the August 2 primary ballot.

Jonathan Kinloch, chair of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party, says delegates selected Jones based on his active engagement in the party and in his community.

“There were other [candidates] that folks knew, but the delegates felt that Jewell will bring the youth, energy and familiarity with the community that’s necessary to represent the district in Lansing,” Kinloch said.

Jones was elected to the Inkster City Council last year, when he was just 20 years old. He'll be on the ballot for the term that begins in 2017.

A separate special election next month will determine an interim representative to complete Plawecki's current term through the end of this year.

Plawecki died suddenly last month while vacationing with her family in Oregon.

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