John Conyers III formally announces bid for father's Congress seat

Posted at 11:11 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 23:11:19-05

John Conyers III has officially announced his bid for Michigan's 13th Congressional District, his father's previous seat.

His father, former Rep. John Conyers, retired after battling sexual harassment allegations by former female staffers.

Read his full statement below:

"When America elected the first African American President in 2008, the country was filled with hope and inspired
by the the endless possibilities for change. With so many young, fresh, and diverse candidates picking up the mantel to lead across the country, I now feel that hope again. 

"As a millennial candidate for Congress, I am adding my name to the list of proud young leaders, proclaiming that
our time is now, not tomorrow. If millennials were fully represented
in Congress, one quarter of the members of the House would be under 40. As of today, only a few members are millennials.
We can change that.

"Backed by a vision for what America can be, I will bring a fresh perspective to policy in Washington. That includes broadening access to education,
advocating for jobs with a living wage, and fighting for H.R. 676 Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act.

Everyone should have the opportunity to get ahead and know that their children will have an opportunity to succeed. Because that is no longer the case in America,
it's time for us to to take our future into our own hands. It is time to bring our Congressional leadership into the 21st century. The people of the 13th district deserve a leader who is as resilient as they are.