Ypsilanti attorney Ray Mullins has submitted nominating petitions to run for the 12th Congressional district seat being vacated by the retirement of Congressman John Dingell.
Mullins says he submitted 1,289 signatures at the state Bureau of Elections in Lansing. At total of at least 1,000 valid signatures are required to appear on the ballot in the August primary election.
Dingell's wife, Debbie, is also seeking the 12th Congressional district seat. Mullins and Debbie DIngell are both running as Democrats, so they'll face off in the August primary election.
Debbie Dingell is running to fill her husband, Congressman John D. Dingell's 12th district seat. She stopped by the WEMU studios Thursday and spoke with WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti Attorney Raymond Mullins wants to be elected to John Dingell's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and part of the reason he's running is that Dingell's wife Debbie is running.
"I think that we should have a chance of giving the public a different choice," Mullins said. "I don't believe in straight out inheriting a position."
Mullins says if elected to the 12th Congressional District seat he'll work to improve educational opportunities for everyone, and fight for a criminal justice system that's equitable for all.
Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre served Congressman John Dingell in several capacities between 2005 and 2011. WEMU's Andrew Cluley spoke with LaBarre about his experiences with Mr. Dingell.
Congressman John D. Dingell on Monday announced he won't seek re-election when his current term is up.
WEMU's Bob Eccles has local reaction to the announcement, along with some words from the Congressman himself.