Kevorkian's Congressional Bid Advances

'Dr Death' gets enough signatures to be on Michigan ballot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2008 8:38 AM CDT
Dr. Jack Kevorkian is shown during an interview with Mike Wallace at a Battle Creek, Mich. hotel, Friday, June 1, 2007.    (AP Photo/CBS)
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(Newser) – Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian has collected enough signatures to be on the November ballot as a congressional candidate in Michigan. The Oakland County elections director says Kevorkian had about 3,200 valid signatures—about 200 more than needed.

The 80-year-old in March announced plans to run as an independent for the 9th Congressional District seat held by Republican Joe Knollenberg. Kevorkian, nicknamed "Dr. Death," was released from prison last year after serving eight years for helping an Oakland County man with Lou Gehrig's disease die in 1998.