A Michigan state senator plans to run for former Democratic Rep. John Conyers’ congressional seat, according to a report.
Coleman Young II, the son of Detroit’s first black mayor, will announce Monday his intent to run for the seat Conyers held for more than 50 years. Conyers, a Democrat, resigned Tuesday after multiple women accused the 88-year-old of sexual misconduct.
When announcing his resignation, Conyers endorsed his 27-year-old son, John Conyers III, in the race for his seat. The younger Conyers, though, said in a statement he hasn’t decided whether he will run for Congress.
Young ran for mayor of Detroit this year, but lost in the November election to Mike Duggan, the incumbent. His father, Coleman A. Young, served as the city’s mayor for 20 years.
His experience in the race, though, has provided him with the experience to seek Conyers’ seat, his spokesman told the Associated Press.
“He is battle-tested,” Adolph Mongo said. “This mayoral race has prepared him. He knows the issues in the 13th district. He’s been campaigning for 10 months on the issues.”
Young, who was elected to the Michigan state Senate in 2010, would compete in the Democratic primary for Conyers’ seat and a special election if one is called, Mongo told the Associated Press.
He served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010.
While Conyers endorsed his son to succeed him in Congress, his grand-nephew, state Sen. Ian Conyers, a Democrat, told the New York Times he plans to run for the seat.