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State: John Conyers Petition Worker Is A Fugitive

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections says a petition collector hired by U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ campaign is wanted by police.

Corrections department spokesman Russ Marlan said Daniel Pennington did not complete his probation sentence in a 2012 home invasion case out of Battle Creek. In addition, the 23-year-old Pennington has an outstanding warrant for an assault charge in Lansing.

Conyers’ campaign hired Pennington to help try to get the veteran Detroit Democrat on the ballot.

Conyers is at risk of not appearing on the August primary ballot because election officials believe Pennington and another campaign worker do not appear to have been registered voters when they circulated petitions for the 84-year-old congressman.

Conyers submitted petitions with 2,000 signatures, but the Wayne County Clerk’s Office found that only 1,193 of those signatures were valid.

A message left with the Conyers campaign was not immediately returned.

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