The 13th Congressional District in Michigan is one of the state's poorest and neediest. Still reeling from the departure of longtime US Representative John Conyers, 89 — the "dean" of the House of Representatives and the longest serving African-American member of Congress — the district is nevertheless fielding a full slate of candidates for the midterm elections. The group is large, diverse, and filled with Detroit's African-American political royalty, including Conyers' grandnephew.
However, the candidate who has raised the most money is a Palestinian-American lawyer named Rashida Tlaib, who aims to the the first Muslim woman in Congress. There is no Republican candidate registered in the battle for this congressional seat, so the winner of the Democratic primary will likely be the new US representative. The primary will take place on Tuesday, August 7.