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Judge is Asked to Move Up Special Election for Conyers Seat

Former Michigan congressman John Conyers
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Former Rep. John Conyers (D) Michigan

State attorneys say it would be very difficult but not impossible to move up a special election to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

A judge heard arguments Thursday on a request to set an earlier date.

Michael Gilmore, a candidate and lawyer, says the rights of 13th District residents are being violated by an 11-month gap without a member of Congress.

Conyers quit in December.

Gov. Rick Snyder ordered a primary election for August, followed by a general election in November. The winner would serve the remaining two months in Conyers' term.

Gilmore is proposing an earlier primary and then a general election in August. The winner would serve for five months.

Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith didn't make an immediate decision.

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