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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, US Rep. Elijah Cummings ‘ widow, announced that she will run for the former Congress seat of her late husband in the special election.
“We fought alongside of each other for a very long time, and now I’m looking to continue to fight. He would want me to continue to fight and so that’s what I’m going to do,” Rockeymoore Cummings, who is the chairoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, announced in a video interview with The Baltimore Sun.
Rockeymoore Cummings issued the statement with the Sun that she was going to step down because of her campaign from her state party role. It is planned that she will kick off her campaign on Tuesday in Baltimore.
The husband of Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah Cummings, died at the age of 68 on October 17 from “complications of long-standing health challenges.” Since 1996, he had represented the 7th Congressional District of Maryland, which includes Baltimore.
“I’m looking to extend and carry forward my husband’s legacy, while also building and growing a legacy of my own,” Rockeymoore Cummings said in the Sun video.
She is a political analyst and director of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based policy company. Last year, before assuming the position of chair of the state party, she also ran for governor of Maryland.
After the death of Elijah Cummings, a special primary election for the 7th district for February 4 was called by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. The general election is set for April 28, the same day as the state’s primary presidential election. Candidates were required to file to run until November 20.