US Rep. Conyers' nominating petitions challenged - New York News

US Rep. Conyers' nominating petitions challenged

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) - A rival's challenge to U.S. Rep John Conyers' nominating petitions could keep the veteran Detroit Democrat from seeking another term in Congress.

"I got a call out campaigning that there was some potential problems with the Congressman's petitions, that some of his circulators weren't registered voters," Rev. Horace Sheffield III tells FOX 2's Randy Wimbley.

Rev. Sheffield says he did not challenge the petitions needed to put Congressman Conyers on the ballot, but a staffer with his campaign did.

Sources tell FOX 2 when Daniel Pennington and Tiara Pitman turned in petitions to the County Clerk's office, flags were raised.

"A couple of the people in question didn't register to vote until this week," Rev. Sheffield says.

But, sources tell FOX 2 that's not the case for at least one of them, and they say a registration and voting certificate from the City Clerk's office shows Pennington registered as a qualified voter Dec. 13, 2013.

City Clerk Janice Winfrey told Wimbley via phone that Pennington and Pitman did not register to vote until yesterday.

"I said, well that's impossible because I, myself, registered them, so I know they registered," Chinita Terry tells Wimbley. She also collects signatures for Congressman Conyers and says the City Clerk's office may be to blame for Pennington and Pitman showing up as unregistered voters.

She says a worker at the city's Board of Elections told her they have "stacks and stacks" of paperwork from people that registered in June but have not been entered in the system yet.

Rev. Sheffield says he's not applauding the fact there could be hiccups in Congressman Conyer's campaign. He wasn't looking to contest these signatures, but rather was putting up a strong contest in this campaign.

Right now, it's unclear if this will derail Congressman Conyer's campaign, but one thing is clear - this is a mess that will have to be cleaned up as soon as possible.

UPDATED TO ADD: Congressman John Conyers released this statement on April 30, 2014: "I am pleased that the County Clerk has determined that there are a sufficient number of signatures to allow my name to appear on the ballot in the upcoming August 5th primary election. I look forward to a full and robust campaign in the primary and general elections."

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Notes with swastikas and 'Uber' found in Brooklyn

    Notes with swastikas and 'Uber' found in Brooklyn

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:05:20 GMT
    The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is working to track down whoever posted dozens of stickers and fliers with swastikas and the word "Uber" in Brooklyn. The stickers and flyers filled with images of hate were placed outside a Jewish boys' school on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. A Shomrim safety patrol spotted the stickers on the sidewalk and in the gutters, police said.
    The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is working to track down whoever posted dozens of stickers and fliers with swastikas and the word "Uber" in Brooklyn. The stickers and flyers filled with images of hate were placed outside a Jewish boys' school on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. A Shomrim safety patrol spotted the stickers on the sidewalk and in the gutters, police said.
  • Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding

    Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:43:17 GMT
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
  • High-fiving strangers in NYC

    High-fiving strangers in NYC

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:01:29 GMT
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices