Council President Brenda Jones’ Dilemma with Her Minor Primary Victory  –  Deadline Detroit

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Brenda Jones (City Council photo)


Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones has a dilemma.


She won the Democratic primary Tuesday to serve the remaining two months of ex-Congressman John Conyers’ term. Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib won a separate race for a full two-year term beginning in January.


Both candidates are likely to win in the November general election, considering they’re in a heavily Democratic district and it’s not clear if a Republican will even make the ballot.


Now, it’s unclear if Jones would want to vacate her council seat for such a short congressional stint.


“We’re reviewing the results of last night’s election and a statement will be forthcoming,” her campaign tells the Freep. Katrease Stafford and Todd Spangler report:


That decision is fraught with uncertainty, though, should she decide she doesn’t want to be congresswoman for two months: Under state rules, a party nominee can’t get his or her name off the ballot unless the person moves out of state, dies, has a physical ailment that keeps the person from serving or is otherwise disqualified.


And it’s not clear whether she could hold both jobs: Certainly, U.S. House ethics rules say she couldn’t be paid as a city council member and a congresswoman at the same time. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office declined to answer the question about holding both jobs at once and it wasn’t immediately known whether state and city laws allow for it — though  legal guidance on that question was being sought out.

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