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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings running for late husband's Congressional seat

Posted at 12:46 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 17:26:37-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The widow of Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is the latest candidate to throw their hat in the ring for his vacant 7th District seat in the United States House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings officially announced her run for office from inside her and the late Congressman's Madison Avenue home.

A day earlier, Rockeymoore Cummings announced her resignation as Chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Rockeymoore Cummings now joins group of Democratic candidates that already includes former Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and Talmadge Branch , the majority whip in the Maryland House of Delegates.

State Senator Jill Carter has previously announced, that she was forming an exploratory committee to consider running for the seat.

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Two Republicans have also announced a run.

Chris Anderson joined the race Monday, and Liz Matory has already announced her candidacy.

A third Republican, Kim Klacik is also expected to add her name to that list, at a kick off event Tuesday night, at Ryleigh's Oyster House in Lutherville Timonium.

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