Cony­ers III

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through her lap­top and ac­cused her of cheat­ing on him.

Cony­ers III called 911 af­ter the al­ter­ca­tion and told po­lice the woman had pulled a knife on him, ac­cord­ing to a charge eval­u­a­tion work­sheet from the L.A. County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice. He said he had dis­armed her and she was in­jured dur­ing the strug­gle.

The woman suf­fered a 1.5-cen­time­ter “stab wound” to her in­ner lower bi­cep and re­ceived three stitches to close the wound.

Cony­ers III de­clined to dis­cuss de­tails of the in­ci­dent, in­stead re­fer­ring to a re­cent in­ter­view with the New York Times. He told the news­pa­per the woman’s claim he stabbed her “makes no sense” but apol­o­gized for his role in “es­ca­lat­ing the al­ter­ca­tion.”

The younger Cony­ers also told The Times he was “caught off guard” by his dad’s en­dorse­ment and had not asked the former con­gress­man to say he’d run for the seat.

In a state­ment posted to his so­cial me­dia ac­counts ear­lier this week, Cony­ers III said he was hon­ored to be the son of his fa­ther and hon­ored by the en­dorse­ment.

“It has been an honor to share his gen­eros­ity and love with the world, the peo­ple of Detroit and the cause of civil rights na­tion­wide,” he wrote.

Cony­ers III has never held elected of­fice and de­scribes him­self on­line as a hedge fund man­ager and “multi-dis­ci­pline con­sul­tant” who splits his time be­tween Detroit and Los An­ge­les. He made head­lines in 2010, when his fa­ther had to re­im­burse the U.S. Trea­sury $5,682 for his son’s mis­use of his tax­payer­funded Cadil­lac Es­calade.

The former con­gress­man’s seat is al­ready draw­ing heavy in­ter­est from Democrats. State Sen. Ian Cony­ers, his great-nephew, has said he’s run­ning. Demo­cratic ac­tivist Michael Gil­more has also an­nounced.

Po­ten­tial can­di­dates in­clude state Sens. David Knezek of Dear­born Heights and Cole­man Young II of Detroit, who is plan­ning a “ma­jor an­nounce­ment” at a Mon­day press con­fer­ence in the city.

Knezek has not an­nounced any plans but said Thurs­day he looks for­ward to “con­tin­u­ing the con­ver­sa­tion about how I can best serve the com­mu­nity I love.”

Other pos­si­ble hope­fuls in­clude former state Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Shanelle Jack­son of Detroit, West­land Mayor Bill Wild, Detroit City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Brenda Jones and Coun­cil­woman Mary Sh­effield.

Jack­son, who ran for the seat in 2012 but fin­ished third to Rep. Cony­ers in the Demo­cratic pri­mary, said she’s talk­ing to ad­vis­ers and fam­ily af­ter sup­port­ers asked her to con­sider an­other run.

Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Snyder is re­view­ing dates for a spe­cial elec­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, which in­cludes por­tions of Detroit and Dear­born Heights, along with sev­eral sur­round­ing cities in­clud­ing West­land and Red­ford Town­ship.

Jonathan Kin­loch, Demo­cratic Party chair­man for the dis­trict, is urg­ing Snyder not to sched­ule a spe­cial elec­tion early next year. In­stead, Kin­loch is pre­par­ing to send the gov­er­nor a let­ter ask­ing him to hold the pri­mary and gen­eral elec­tion on reg­u­larly sched­uled elec­tion dates in Au­gust and Novem­ber of 2018.

“This seat only be­comes avail­able once ev­ery 50 years,” he said. “We all know that in those spe­cial elec­tions that are called out­side the nor­mal elec­tion cy­cle that voter turnout is less.”

De­lay­ing the elec­tion would leave the seat va­cant for nearly a year, deny­ing Democrats and lo­cal res­i­dents a vot­ing mem­ber in Congress dur­ing that span, but Kin­loch said the dis­trict of­fice re­mains open to serve con­stituents.

“You want as many voices as pos­si­ble in the 13th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict’s 12 com­mu­ni­ties to be heard,” he said. “Also from a po­lit­i­cal stand­point, (a swift elec­tion) cre­ates a dis­ad­van­tage for in­di­vid­u­als who may not be able to raise the nec­es­sary re­sources in a short time frame.”

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