He's Back: Coleman A. Young II Wants John Conyers' Seat





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State Sen. Coleman A. Young II

State Sen. Coleman A. Young II, who lost his bid for Detroit mayor in the November election, plans to run for John Conyers' Congressional seat, a source familiar with the situation tells Deadline Detroit.

"He's running -- that's real," the source says.

That news comes at the same time Conyers announced Tuesday morning that he retires immediately and endorses his son, John Conyers III, to fill the vacancy. State Sen. Ian Conyers, a great-nephew, also wants to succeed his 88-year-old relative.

Young got trounced in the mayor's race, losing to Mayor Mike Duggan by a margin of 72 percent to 27 percent.

If Young runs against Conyers' son, both will be campaigning, in part, on their father's name and legacy.

In light the sexual harassment allegations, its unclear at this point what impact Conyers' name might have on his son's race. Ditto for Young, who often invokes the name and legacy of his father.

State Sen. Ian Conyers, a great nephew of Congressman Conyers, also plans to seek the seat. 

Young is term-limited in the state Senate and can't seek re-election after 2018. 

Young was in session in Lansing and did not immediately return a call to his Senate office.

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