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Jonathan Oosting Detroit News Lansing Bureau

The daughter of state Rep. Julie Plawecki, a Dearborn Heights Democrat who died unexpectedly last month, confirmed Wednesday that she is seeking to replace her mother in the Michigan House.

As The Detroit News first reported Tuesday, Lauren Plawecki is one of 11 Democrats who filed a letter of intent to fill her mother’s slot on the Aug. 2 primary ballot.

Democratic precinct delegates will meet behind closed doors Thursday to choose three delegates, who will then select a candidate. The winner would run unopposed in the primary and take on one of two Republicans who previously filed to run.

“I am not my mother, but the lessons she taught me about integrity, compassion, and service to others have left me uniquely positioned to carry on the work that she started,” Lauren Plawecki, 22, said in a statement.

“I can think of no greater honor than to apply the lessons she taught me in service of the community that we love. I believe that I am in the best position to carry on her legacy of fighting for equal access to quality education, clean water, and women’s rights.”

Others seeking the primary slot include Dearborn Heights Councilwoman Lisa Hicks Clayton, Inkster Council members Jewell Jones and DeAtriss Richardson, former Inkster Mayor Hilliard Hampton, former Dearborn Heights Councilman Ned Apigian, Dearborn City Planner Mohamed Ayoub and Dearborn teacher Rashid Baydoun, who finished second to Plawecki in the 2014 Democratic primary.