DETROIT (WWJ) – The polls have closed and results from the primary election are coming in from across the state.
And it appears that this primary election will have another historically low voter turnout across metro Detroit.
Congressman John Conyers is a step closer to his 26th term in Congress – winning the race against the Reverend Horace Sheffield.
“Creating a full-employment society in the United States,” said Conyers in answer to his emphasis in a new term.”There is no reason why the most powerful country in the history can’t create full employment.”
The 85-year-old Conyers has been in Congress since 1965 and is in line to be the longest-serving member of the House with the retirement this year of fellow Michigan Congressman John Dingell.
Debbie Dingell won in the 12th Congressional district primary. Dingell is looking to take over for her husband, John who announced several months back that he wouldn’t run in 2014, after serving almost 60 years in Congress. Dingell says Thursday’s win is just the beginning.
“I advanced in the interview process today, and I’m very grateful but I’ve got the fall campaign and the November election and I want to work very hard for the people of the 12th District to get to know me,” said Dingell, “I will work hard for them – I will listen to them, I’ll be accessible and I’ll be their fighter.”
The 12th Congressional district includes, Ann Arbor, Dearborn and several Downriver communities.
Birmingham attorney Dave Trott beat incumbent congressman Kerry Bentivolio in the Republican primary in the 11th district.
How does Trott plan to win in November?
“We’re going to keep talking to voters, that the best thing to do,” said Trott, “and it’s energizing and people — it’s a great process — people enjoy hearing from me and hearing their ideas and so for me that’s the most enjoyable part of the campaign is to talk about with the voters what I hope to do.”
Trott raised more campaign money than Bentivolio, who aligned himself with the Tea Party and won the seat back in 2012, after Thaddeus McCotter resigned in a petition signature scandal.
At Metropolitan Methodist Church in Detroit — Beneeka Jones says those who did not vote should not complain.
“I always vote, I always vote,” said Jones, “this is my chance to get my say in what’s going on, I always vote. Especially with the county exective seat up and the districts changing and so many of the congressman getting so much older – I always make it a point to vote.”
The church housed two precincts and just an hour before the polls closed neither precinct had more than a hundred ballots cast.
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