Rockeymoore Cummings

Rockeymoore Cummings Announces Running for Late Elijah Cummings’ Seat

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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a policy consultant, chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and the widow of Elijah Cummings, has decided to run for the congressional seat vacated by her husband, who died last month.

Leading by example, Rockeymoore Cummings said, though she was “devastated” by the loss, she would run the race as if her husband is still by her side.

Elijah Cummings, who died aged 68, represented Baltimore’s Seventh Congressional District for 13 terms beginning in 1996, and was among the most powerful leaders in the House. His funeral was attended by thousands of people, who praised him for his contributions to the House.

Now, that the tide completely changed, Rockeymoore Cummings decided to put everything behind her and walk in the same footsteps. In her decision, the Democrat exclaimed that she would resign as a chair of the state, a role she had been in charge of, for a year.

Rockeymoore Cummings also ran for governor of Maryland in 2017, but dropped out in January 2018, citing issues with her husband’s health. She holds a doctorate in political science from Purdue University, and was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, at the National Urban League and for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The Democrat joins the race for Maryland’s 7th district.

Elijah Cummings told his wife six months ago that he wanted her to take over his seat, she said on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Monday. And now by announcing the same, she had made a really brave decision.

“I believe very strongly that I have the background, and the focus, and the commitment, and the ability to take the reins and to make a good run for this seat,” she said.

A special election is planned for April 28, 2020, with primaries set for February 4. Several Democrats have already announced plans to run for the seat. However, Rockeymoore Cummings said that she will undergo a preventive double mastectomy on Friday, and will miss the campaign trail for as much as four weeks.

Nonetheless, for a woman who suffered a really big blow last month, win or lose the elections, she had already won hearts by taking over the responsibility in such a short span of time.

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