[Ed. – When you factor in the likely impact of the sympathy vote, you wonder why they should bother with an election.]
Rep. Elijah Cummings’ widow is resigning her post as chair of Maryland’s Democratic Party to run for her late husband’s congressional seat.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings formally announced her candidacy Tuesday morning in Baltimore.
Cummings died last month from long-standing health issues. He was 68. The Democratic congressman who came to be synonymous with Baltimore represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, which includes large swaths of the city and its suburbs, for more than 20 years.
Ahead of her announcement, Rockeymoore Cummings said during an interview with MSNBC on Monday evening that she and her husband had discussed the possibility of her running for the seat about six months ago.
“I’ve been on this path for fighting for the soul of our democracy, for fighting for health care, education, for a better America for all,” Rockeymoore Cummings told MSNBC.