So far 17 Democrats, 6 Republicans are running for the 7th Congressional seat

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 16:51:18-05

BALTIMORE — Three more candidates officially filed to run for the late Elijah Cummings's 7th Congressional seat.

Former Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, State Senator Jill Carter, and Republican activist Kimberly Klacik all filed Monday.

They join a crowded race, that's likely to get larger.

Already 17 democrats and five republicans have filed, and more could do so by Wednesday night's filing deadline.

Among the Democratic candidates is Cummings' widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and Maryland House Whip, Talmadge Branch.

The other 13 Democrats running are Dan Baker, Anthony Carter Sr, Darryl Gonzalez, Mark Gosnell, Leslie Grant, Michael Higginbotham, Terri Hill, Paul Konka, Saafir Rabb, Charles Smith, Harry Spikes, Charles Stokes, and Brian Britcher.

Republican's Chris Anderson, Liz Matory, Ray Bly, Reba Hawkins, and William Newton have also announced their candidacy.

Elijah Cummings died at age 68, on October 17 following complications from long term health challenges.

The special primary is February 4 with the special general election on April 28th.