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Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News
Wayne County Commissioner Reggie "Reg" Davis

Wayne County Commissioner Reggie "Reg" Davis says he is launching a write-in campaign for the August primary after being kicked off the ballot because of a discrepancy with his name. 

Davis, who represents District 6, told The Detroit News that he would rather run as a write-in candidate than spend money on further appeals.  

Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett said in May that she was upholding a challenge from Monique Baker McCormick, who said Davis failed to provide his full former name on his affidavit of identity in his bid to run for the seat. 

Garrett deemed the affidavit incomplete and said she could not certify his candidacy. McCormick, a Democrat, also is running for the seat in the August primary.

Davis legally changed his name from Reginald Gary Davis Jr. in March 2009.

He initially appealed the clerk's decision with the Board of State Canvassers, saying he met every requirement for candidacy under state and county laws.

Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office, said Tuesday that the Bureau of Elections was still reviewing the appeal.  

Baker McCormick said the affidavit is critical because it shows "voters who you really are."

"I would like our voters in the city to be more informed voters and understand who they're voting for and why they're voting for them," she said.

Davis said he is aggressively knocking on doors, hoping to gain support from voters in his district, which covers northwest Detroit. 

"I think that we all should run write-in campaigns instead of the way that it is now," Davis said. "That would allow for our constituents to become educated about the process on a natural basis." 

Davis was appointed to the commission on Jan. 11, filling the seat of Commissioner Burton Leland who died in February. He formerly served as a deputy district manager in District 1 for Detroit's Department of Neighborhoods.

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