Likely Michigan redistricting plan could mean an end for Conyers
John Conyers (D-Detroit) could have a tough time keeping a seat in Congress under the Republican redistricitng plan that is expected to be approved by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The redistricting plan crafted by Michigan Republicans tears Conyers’s strongholds of Detroit’s West Side and Highland Park out of the 14th District and sticks him with hundreds of thousands of new constituents in nearby Oakland County and the wealthy lakeside Grosse Pointe communities. When all is said and done, the new map, expected to be approved by Gov. Rick Snyder but still subject to legal challenge, would leave Conyers with just 20 percent of his current constituents.
Combine that with a political class starting to tire of having the same representative for decades and a bevy of talent waiting in the wings, Democratic strategists say, and you’ve got the makings of a serious primary challenge.
“He can’t win that seat,” longtime Detroit Democratic consultant Adolph Mongo said.
At 82 years old, Conyers has represented Michigan’s 14th Congressional District since 1965 and is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
If Conyers follows through with his announced plans to run again he may face strong challenges from Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, Democratic state Sen. Bert Johnson, Southfield lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, and Michigan Rep. Gary Peters.