Rep. Rashida Tlaib Re-Challenged by Brenda Jones; Only 1,000 Vote Difference in 2018 Rep. Rashida Tlaib Re-Challenged by Brenda Jones; Only 1,000 Vote Difference in 2018

Rep. Rashida Tlaib Re-Challenged by Brenda Jones; Only 1,000 Vote Difference in 2018


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Could the notorious "squad" be coming to an end?

Things aren't looking good for Representative Rashida Tlaib.

Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones has announced that she willing be challenging Tlaib for her seat.

Tlaib beat Jones in 2018 by fewer than 1,000 votes.

The difference is that there were a total of 6 candidates in that race.

This year's race will be a 1-1 rivalry, with the embattled Tlaib facing off against the more established jones.

More details on Jones' announcement and how the race is shapping up below:

The FEC paperwork has officially been filed and received: Brenda Jones will challenge Tlaib in the Democratic primary.

Jones made the statement via video in her home.

She released a "three-pronged" strategic vision to improve the 13th Congressional District for her would-be constituents.

Many people have already taken to social media to say they would support Jones over Tlaib.

The local Metro Times has details on Jones' surprise announcement:

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones officially announced Wednesday that she’s going up against freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Jones, 60, was among a large field of Democrats whom Tlaib defeated in the primary election in the 2018 Democratic primary.

Tlaib narrowly beat Jones by fewer than 1,000 votes. Prior to that contest, Jones won a special election to complete former Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s term, spending five weeks in Congress.

In a video announcement from her home, Jones said she has a “three-pronged” strategy to improve life in the 13th Congressional District, which includes parts of Detroit and other communities in Wayne County, including Garden City, Highland Park, Inkster, River Rouge, Romulus, Westland, and Wayne.

"One, bring new resources to the district,” Jones said. “Two, uniting the district. Three, focusing on issues that are important to the families and the people of the 13th Congressional District. The issues that impact us right here at home.”

In the last election, Jones had the backing of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s formidable political machine.

If Jones has the same level of support and establishment backing as she had in the 2018 race, she would appear to be the formidable favorite in a 1-1 race.

If social media is any indication, the grassroots movement is already beginning to form behind Jones:

Jones has a long history of working as politician in the city.

Though she is still considered far left, she is vastly closer to the center than Tlaib.

The primary race will certainly be closely watched as a bellweather test to see how Squad members will face in the November elections.

The Detroit Free Press has more on Jones' candidacy:

Jones' argument that she is running for re-election comes from the fact that she defeated Tlaib in that same balloting for the nomination to a five-week stint in Congress, filling out the brief remainder of Conyers' term, which was unexpired. In a predominantly Democratic district, both went on to win election to the seat easily.

She told the Free Press on Wednesday morning that she has been getting calls and letters from supporters urging her to run, including from some of the other candidates who ran against her and Tlaib two years ago. Over the weekend, one of them, former state Sen. Ian Conyers, John Conyers' grandnephew, said on Twitter her entry into the race was "great news" for the district.

She pointed to the 35 days she spent in Congress at the end of 2018 as proof she knows what she is doing and is the best candidate.

"I look at bringing home resources to the district," she said. "I look at unifying the district."

She declined to speak against Tlaib directly, however. Asked whether she thought Tlaib was divisive, Jones demurred, saying instead, "What I feel is it's important to connect all of the people in the district, regardless of what color they are, what age they are, what job  they do." She said that support extends to people who work for small businesses and corporations.

Considering how close the race was in 2018 with 6 candidates on the ballot, this year looks more daunting for Tlaib.

Early social media reactions suggest that the momentum is with Jones, but no official polls have been conducted so far.

If other Squad members attempt to campaign for Tlaib, will it help or backfire?

It looks like we're about to find out.


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