Recent Michigan Candidate Charged Over Campaign Literature

In this July 9, 2018, photo, Anuja Rajendra sits at a Michigan Senate candidate forum in Ann Arbor, Mich. Rajendra, who lost a four-way Democratic primary race in August 2018, has been charged with a misdemeanor after prosecutors said campaign literature falsely identified her as the incumbent. (Ryan Stanton/Ann Arbor News via AP)


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A recent candidate for Michigan Senate is facing a misdemeanor charge related to campaign literature that prosecutors say falsely identified her as the incumbent.

The Ann Arbor News reports Anuja Rajendra of Ann Arbor, who lost a four-way Democratic primary race in August, is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 13 on the charge that’s listed in court records as “wrongful use” of “incumbency designation.”

Michael Steinberg, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said the ACLU is defending Rajendra and will seek to have the charge dismissed. He says she “never intended to convey that she was an incumbent” and it’s “disturbing” she’s facing a charge punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

The Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office isn’t elaborating on details of the charge.

Information from: The Ann Arbor News


 

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