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Detroit city clerk may run for 13th U.S. House District

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey said Thursday evening she may run for the 13th Congressional District seat currently held by longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

“It’s something I may do,” Winfrey said. “I’m not giving a statement to that end.”

Winfrey declined to comment further.

Winfrey, who has been Detroit’s city clerk since 2005, last ran for higher office in 2010, when she sought the Democratic nomination for secretary of state. Jocelyn Benson won that campaign.

Conyers, D-Detroit, is Congress’ longest-serving member, having served since 1965. He became the first African-American dean of Congress after U.S. Rep. John Dingell officially retired in January 2015. .

Conyers was re-elected in 2014 after surviving a political scare in his bid for a 26th term that almost kept his name off the primary ballot due to an issue with petition signatures.

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