UPDATE: Elijah Cummings’ widow officially running for his Maryland House seat

  • 10/19/2019 4:02 pm ET Mackenzie Zlatos and Joe Romm

UPDATE 11-11-19: Maya Rockeymoore Cummings announced on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show Monday night that she will run for her husband’s seat. She said:

“I fought right alongside Elijah for the last 12 years and we knew each other another 10 years before that. So I’ve been on this path for fighting for the soul of our democracy, for fighting for health care, education, for a better American for all. He wanted me to continue this fight.”

Maya Rockeymoore, widow of the recently deceased Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), is expected to run for her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives, according to a report.

While Rockeymoore has said nothing to confirm or deny this report, her political history speaks for her. The former staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee ran for Maryland governor in 2018. She dropped out when her husband was hospitalized.

Rockeymoore won Chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party in December 2018. As chairwoman, she has power to choose who the party will support as a placeholder.

The Maryland Democratic Party stated that Rockeymoore would not make announcements during her grieving period.

“We ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — and the rest of the Cummings family — time and space to grieve their loss,” they said.

Current Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will announce in ten days when the special election to fill Cummings’ seat will take place. The governor could theoretically  schedule the election to take place in another year.

The special election will fill Cummings’ seat until 2020. A primary for that election will take place in April of 2020.

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