Marylands Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), said she is running to replace her husband as the representative of Marylands 7th Congressional District.
“I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me,” Rockeymoore Cummings told The Baltimore Sun.
“Im going to run this race, and Im going to run it hard as if hes still right here by my side.”
Rockeymoore Cummings, 48, is currently Chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, a position she took up since December 2018. She ran for Governor of Maryland in the 2018 election but dropped out when her husband was hospitalized.
She had earlier told The Washington Post that she was “thinking carefully” about running for the seventh district seat. A seat her husband had held for over two decades.
Cummings died on Oct. 17 at the age of 68. He had been suffering from longstanding health issues before his death, according to a spokesperson. Cummings previously had heart and knee surgery but developed an infection following the latter, according to reports.
Rockeymoore Cummings told The Baltimore Sun that her husband told her months before his death that he would like for her to take up his role after he died.
“That was a discussion we had some months ago,” she added. “In the end, he was conflicted about whether he should resign or stay in office. We thought there might be a turnaround. It didnt happen.”
Rockeymoore Cummings plans to start her campaign on Tuesday and said she would focus on issues including battling the opioid crisis, and issues related to health and education policy, the paper reported.
She also said she had scheduled a preventative double mastectomy for Friday, which may take up to four weeks away from her campaign trail. She cited the family history of breast cancer in her mother and sister, adding that her mother died from the disease in 2015.
The filing deadline for the Maryland seat is Nov. 20. The special primary election for the late Cummings seat will be held Feb. 4, with a special general election on April 28. Cummings term is set to conclude in January 2021.
President Donald Trump has said that Cummings would be difficult to replace.
“My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings,” Trump said in a statement on Oct. 17 following the congressmans death.
“I got to see first hand the strength, passion, and wisdom of thisRead More – Source