Rita Ross, the youngest sister of famed singer Diana Ross, entered the race in late January. While there is currently no website or online presence for the campaigns, records list her as a Democratic candidate.
Late Thursday night, the singer tweeted her support.
My sister Rita Ross is running for State Representative of the 5th District in Detroit, this is her calling .Please support!— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) February 23, 2018
Rita Ross was a member of Detroit's Board of Zoning Appeals until recently. We were unable to reach her for comment.
The primary election will be held August 7, 2018, and the winners will square off in the November general election. The seat is currently held by Democrat Fred Durhal III, who succeeded his father, Fred Durhal Jr., in 2014. Durhal is running for re-election, and if elected, it would be his final two-year term.
Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.