- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

MILFORD, Mich. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio wants back into politics.

Bentivolio tells The Detroit News (https://detne.ws/29WI84a ) Thursday that he turned in more than 5,500 signatures on nominating petitions to state Elections officials to try to get his name on the November ballot for the 11th Congressional District.

He would run as an independent. He lost the seat in the August 2014 Republican primary to Dave Trott.

The district includes parts of Wayne and Oakland counties.

Bentivolio won election in 2012 mainly because the incumbent, former Republican Rep. Thad McCotter, turned in fraudulent signatures when seeking a spot on the ballot.

Bentivolio of Milford needs at least 3,000 valid signatures to qualify for a spot on this November’s ballot with no party affiliation. His signatures have to be reviewed by Elections staff.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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