By Tim Kiska
Congressman John Conyers has been as close to invincible as a politician could be since his first election in 1964. But that invincibility could be tested in the coming year, now that a well-known state Senator entered the race Friday.
State Senator Glenn Anderson announced Friday that he’s running in the 13th Congressional District against Conyers. Anderson will join State Rep Shanelle Jackson and State Senator Bert Johnson in the scrum.
Geography may figure prominently in this contest. The newly-redrawn 13th was put together by Republicans, who – it would seem – have a really perverse sense of diversity. The district stretches from Detroit’s east side, winds through the west side, then catches a series of western Wayne County suburbs, stretching from Romulus up to Wayne. Another way of looking at it: Somebody living in Highland Park will become a political cousin to a trucker living in Wayne, more than 30 minutes away.
Anderson’s district includes Westland, Garden City and Redford Township—all in the new 13th. Shanelle Jackson’s district includes a piece of Detroit’s west side—also in the District. Johnson’s District Highland Park and a piece of the new 13th on Detroit’s East Side. All three have some serious political mojo, and could easily pose a threat to the 82-year old Conyers.
Anderson gave a nod to the geography issue Friday during his announcements. He made two: One in the shadows of a Ford Motor Company plant in Wayne, the other in Tech Town. And he went out of his way to make certain nobody sees this as a city-versus-suburbs race.