Rashida Tlaib Has a Primary Challenger and it’s a Rematch

Rashida Tlaib has picked up a primary challenger in Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who she defeated in 2018.

Jones has has filed amended FEC paperwork indicating she is planning 2020 rematch primary run vs Tlaib.

The Detroit News reports Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones has announced she intends to run for Congress again in a Democratic primary challenge to freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Jones recently filed a formal “statement of candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission for the 2020 election in what would be a rematch for Jones and Tlaib, who ran against one another in the 2018 Democratic primary.

In a video released Wednesday, Jones said she’s running for reelection to Congress after serving five weeks in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jones said her candidacy is based on hope: “Hope for a better tomorrow, hope for our children, hope for our families and hope for the hopeless.”

“When reelected as your congresswoman, my focus will be three-pronged,” Jones said.

“One, bring new resources to the district. 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.”

Jones shot her announcement video from her home, instead of holding a press conference, she said, to “set a safety example” amid suggested social distancing.

Jones, 60, won the 2018 special election to finish out the term of former Rep. John Conyers Jr. but lost her bid to replace Conyers for a full two-year term to Tlaib by fewer than 1,000 votes — 1 percentage point. She launched a write-in campaign for the general election that year but was unsuccessful.

Tlaib, 43, has since seen her national profile skyrocket as a member of the progressive “squad” that includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and has sparred on social media with President Donald Trump.

Denzel McCampbell, a spokesman for Tlaib’s campaign, said she looks forward to “running a strong campaign and winning re-election regardless of who is on the ballot, but at this time she is 100% focused on responding to the coronavirus and getting our communities and residents the resources they need to protect human health and our local economy.”

“Rep. Tlaib is hard at work pushing groundbreaking policies to make direct payments to all Americans to weather this storm, leading legislation to save state and local governments from financial collapse, and preventing utility shutoffs, evictions and foreclosures,” he added.