DETROIT — The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers is hoping to get his name on the 13th Congressional District ballot as an independent.

The Detroit News reports that John Conyers III is circulating petitions and that candidates with no party affiliation have until July 19 to submit qualifying signatures to make the November ballot.

Wayne County's clerk has said Conyers III didn't have enough signatures for the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to fill out the final two months of John Conyers' term or for the full term that starts in January. Courts have upheld her ruling.

More than a dozen candidates are running for the office.

John Conyers was first elected in 1964. The 89-year-old stepped down in December, citing health reasons, though several former female staffers had accused him of sexual harassment.