Race heats up early for Md. Congress

Posted at 6:27 AM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 06:27:25-04

The Democratic primary in Maryland is still more than seven months away but already the competition is heating up.

Pastor Jamal Bryant, of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple, has been on the front lines of protests ever since the death of Freddie Gray -- and before that both here and in other cities around the country.

Now he says he's the man who should replace Elijah Cummings in Congress.

Cummings could decide to run for Barbara Mikulski's seat in the U.S. Senate, but he says he has not made that decision yet.

“Anybody who assumes that I am not going to run for the House, I'm telling you they are definitely premature in their thinking,” Congressman Cummings said.

For now, the leading candidates to replace Sen. Mikulski are Chris Van Hollen, from Montgomery County, and Donna Edwards, from Prince Georges.

So Cummings, a Baltimore native, could keep the seat from shifting to an occupant from the Washington suburbs.  He is expected to make that decision within the next several weeks.