SOUTHFIELD, MICH. — Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide advocate who served eight years in prison for second-degree murder, announced Monday he's running for Congress as an independent.
Kevorkian, 79, is jumping into a competitive House race, challenging incumbent Republican Joe Knollenberg for a district in suburban Detroit. Democrat Gary Peters is also running.
"I'm not a politician," Kevorkian said, adding he is not tied to anybody or any special interests. "My mind is free. So I can say what I think."
Kevorkian, who was nicknamed "Dr. Death," said that if he was elected, his priority would be promoting the 9th Amendment, which protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution. Kevorkian said he interprets it as protecting a person's choice to die through assisted suicide or to avoid wearing a seat belt.