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Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones' unwelcome announcement

Oct 31, 2018

Detroit leaders baffled after Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones files as a write-in candidate for Congress 12 days before the November election
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Democratic leaders in Detroit are not happy with City Council President Brenda Jones. Jones is mounting a last-minute write-in campaign for the 13th Congressional District. 

Jones is a Democrat but will run as an independent. Jones won a special election to fill the remaining few months of the term after Congressman John Conyers resigned - but she lost the primary election to Democrat Rashida Tlaib.

"It makes no sense," says Jonathan Kinloch, chair of the district's Democratic party. He says Jones has no chance against Tlaib even though she's familiar to many voters in the district.

"Name ID matters when your name is on the ballot," says Kinloch. "She is going to be a write-in candidate who basically announced seven days out that she is running as a write-in candidate. "

Kinloch says it's an unwelcome distraction for a district that's seen its share of controversy. 

The 13th district seat became open when Congressman John Conyers resigned over harassment accusations.