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2018 Michigan's 13th congressional district special election

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2018 Michigan's 13th congressional district special election

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Michigan's 13th congressional district
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Nominee Brenda Jones Marc Sosnowski
Party Democratic Taxpayers
Popular vote 169,330 17,302
Percentage 86.84% 8.87%

U.S. Representative before election

John Conyers

Elected U.S. Representative

Brenda Jones

A special election for Michigan's 13th congressional district was held on November 6, 2018, following the resignation of Democratic U.S. Representative John Conyers.

The Democratic primary was held on August 7, 2018. No Republican candidate ran in the special election, making the win in the Democratic primary tantamount to election in this district.[1] Both the primary for this election and primary for the regular election were concurrent; similarly, the special election was held the same day as regular election. The winner of the regular Democratic primary was former state Representative Rashida Tlaib, who went on to win the regular general election.

The winner of the special Democratic primary was Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who served only from November 29, 2018 to January 3, 2019, the last day of Conyers' 27th term.


Incumbent U.S. Representative John Conyers announced on December 5, 2017, that he would resign after a sexual harassment scandal. He had represented the 13th and its predecessors since 1965 (it was numbered as the 1st from 1965 to 1993 and as the 14th from 1993 to 2013), and was the longest-serving member of the House at the time.

Three days after Conyers' resignation, Governor Rick Snyder set a date for the special election.[2] It was scheduled for November 6, 2018, concurrent with the regular election for a full two-year term. Primaries were held August 7. The filing deadline for candidates was April 24, 2018.[3] As a result, the 13th's seat remained vacant for nearly a year.

Republican primary


Failed to qualify

  • David Dudenhoefer, author and photographer[4]

Democratic primary



Failed to qualify

  • John Conyers III, hedge fund manager (running as an Independent)[10][11][12]
  • Kimberly Hill Knott, government relations, environmental justice[13][14]


  • Michael Gilmore, attorney and activist[4]



Brenda Jones
Federal politician
Local politicians
Labor unions
Rashida Tlaib
Federal politician
State politician


Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brenda Jones 32,769 37.8
Democratic Rashida Tlaib 31,121 35.8
Democratic Bill Wild 13,174 15.2
Democratic Ian Conyers 9,749 11.2
Democratic Clyde Darnell Lynch (write-in) 2 0.0
Total votes 86,815 100.0

General election


Brenda Jones won the Democratic primary for the special election, but lost the Democratic primary for the regular election to Rashida Tlaib. Both the special primary and regular primary were held concurrently. Jones won the special election on November 6, and served for just over eight weeks.


Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[32] Solid D May 4, 2018
Inside Elections/Rothenberg Political Report[33] Solid D May 16, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[34] Safe D May 16, 2018


2018 Michigan's 13th congressional district special election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Brenda Jones 169,330 86.84% +9.74%
Taxpayers Marc Sosnowski 17,302 8.87% N/A
Green D. Etta Wilcoxon 8,319 4.27% N/A
Write-in 42 0.02% N/A
Total votes 194,993 100.00% N/A
Democratic hold


  1. ^ David Weigel, Michigan Democrats elect Detroit City Council president to fill out final weeks of John Conyers's term, Washington Post (August 8, 2018).
  2. ^ White, Max (December 5, 2017). "Gov. Snyder reviewing dates for special election to replace John Conyers". WXYZ. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Latest: Governor calls special election for Conyers seat". The Republic. December 8, 2017. Archived from the original on December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "2018 Michigan Unofficial Primary Candidate Listing - July 8, 2018". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Bever, Lindsey (December 5, 2017). "John Conyers could be replaced by his son — who has his dad's name but not his political resume". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Election Information | Clerk". Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Hicks, Mark (January 26, 2018). "Detroit City Council head seeks Conyers' Congress seat". The Detroit News. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd (February 6, 2018). "Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib to seek Conyers' seat in Congress". Detroit Free Press.
  9. ^ "Westland Mayor Bill Wild to run for John Conyers' vacated U.S. House seat".
  10. ^ "Clerk tosses Conyers III from Congress ballot". Detroit News. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Clerk: Conyers III short of valid signatures for ballot". Star Tribune. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Weber, Joseph (May 21, 2018). "Disgraced Dem Conyers endorsed son for his own seat – but he didn't qualify". Fox News. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
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  15. ^ a b Gray, Kathleen (December 5, 2017). "Race for John Conyers' Congressional seat: Free-for-all predicted". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  16. ^ Melissa, Burke; Sarah, Rahal (January 4, 2018). "Mathis mulls leaving TV show to run for Congress". The Detroit News. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
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  19. ^ Williams, Corey; Eggert, David (December 8, 2017). "Son of late Detroit Mayor Coleman Young to run for John Conyers' seat". The Press Democrat. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  20. ^ Oosting, Jonathan (December 7, 2017). "Conyers III denies allegations, unsure on Congress run". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  21. ^ Burke, Melissa Nann (February 5, 2018). "State lawmakers running for open seats in Congress". The Detroit News. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  22. ^ Riley, Rochelle (February 5, 2018). "Detroit mayor endorses Brenda Jones to replace John Conyers". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  23. ^ Jones, Brenda (June 28, 2018). "So happy to have the endorsement of my dear friend, Judge Greg Mathis and so many others! #VoteBrendaJones Find out how you can join #TeamJones too at". Brenda Jones for Congress.
  24. ^ Bieber, Ron (June 18, 2018). "Michigan AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for 2018 Election - Michigan AFL-CIO". Michigan AFL-CIO.
  25. ^ "Michigan – Official UAW Endorsements".
  26. ^ Ro Khanna [@RoKhanna] (July 2, 2018). "I have been explicit about the need for new voices in the Democratic party. @ocasio2018, @RashidaTlaib, and @BrentWelder are part of a new generation that is going to lead us to a fairer and freer America" (Tweet). Retrieved July 2, 2018 – via Twitter.
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  34. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2018 House". Retrieved December 18, 2017.

External links

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