As candidate filing was closing yesterday for the special election to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore), state Delegate and physician Jay Jalisi (D-Owings Mills) became the 22nd Democrat who will battle for the nomination. It is now obvious that the Congressman’s widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, becoming a candidate did not dissuade others from filing. Also running are state Sen. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore), former Congressman and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, state House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-Baltimore), and state Delegate and surgeon Terri Hill (D-Columbia).
Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), who left office with poor ratings after the Baltimore riots, announced that she will not enter the special election to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore).
Fifteen Democrats are declared special election candidates including the Congressman’s widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. State Sen. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore), state House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-Baltimore), and former Congressman and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume are the other leading candidates. The winner of the Democratic primary on February 4th will win the special general election scheduled for April 28th. The candidate filing deadline is November 20th.
Despite soon undergoing a mastectomy procedure, now former Maryland Democratic Party chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore), says she will become a candidate in the special election to succeed her husband. Already in the Democratic race are former Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and state House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-Baltimore) along with several minor candidates.
The Democratic primary will determine Mr. Cummings’ successor in what is a very safe seat for the party. The special election primary is scheduled for February 4th, with the special general concurrent with the regular state primary on April 28th.
Former US Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the House in 1996 to become president of the NAACP and then returned to elective politics to run unsuccessfully for Senate in 2006, looks set to announce his candidacy for the special election to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore). Ironically, Mr. Cummings was originally elected in the special congressional election to replace Mr. Mfume when the latter man resigned. The former Congressman could enter the special Democratic primary to be decided on February 4th as early as today. Already in the race is state House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-Baltimore).
The Congressman’s widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings who chairs the Maryland Democratic Party, is a potential candidate and promises to make an announcement about her political plans soon. State Sen. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore) is another potential contender who will assuredly run if Ms. Cummings does not.
In accordance with Maryland election law that requires the Governor to set the special election schedule within ten days of a vacancy occurring in the US House delegation, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced yesterday the voting schedule to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore).
The candidate filing deadline in the state’s 7th Congressional District will be Nov. 20th. The partisan primary elections are scheduled for February 4th, while the special general is placed concurrently with the regular Maryland presidential and statewide primary election on April 28th. The key election will be the Democratic primary. That contest will assuredly determine Mr. Cummings’ successor in what is a safely Democratic seat.
No one is yet coming forward to confirm interest in entering the special election to replace the late Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) who passed away on Thursday, but speculation as to who might run is beginning.
No less than 14 people have been mentioned as potential candidates, but the big question is whether the Congressman’s widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings the current Maryland Democratic Party chair, will decide to run. Others being mentioned include former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, and no less than ten state legislators. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) must set the special election calendar on or before October 28th.
House Oversight & Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), serving his 12th full term in office, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 68. Now, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has ten days to schedule a replacement special election to fill the vacancy. According to Maryland election law, the special primary must occur before the end of this year, with a general to follow within 65 days of the first vote. This means the entire cycle must be completed on or before March 5th.
We can expect a crowded Democratic primary to form as future candidates will battle to become Mr. Cummings’ successor. With a 68-16% party registration advantage, the 7th District will remain in Democratic hands. The Maryland vacancy now becomes the 26th open seat during the current election cycle, including the three vacancies: MD-7 (Cummings), NY-27 (Chris Collins), and WI-7 (Sean Duffy). Republicans currently hold 19 of the open seats, and Democrats now up to seven.
Attorney and Bronze Star winner Sheila Bryant, a Marine Corps veteran, announced that she will oppose Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Bowie) in next year’s April 28th Democratic primary.
Ms. Bryant begins by attacking Rep. Brown for what she claims is his weak opposition to President Trump and wanting to use the House district as a stepping stone for a 2022 gubernatorial run. In 2014, Mr. Brown lost to current Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in the statewide race. He then was elected to the House two years later. The Congressman is favored for re-nomination, but, in today’s politics, all primary challenges must be taken seriously at least in the early phase.
As we covered last week, the US Supreme Court released their rulings on the Maryland and North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases and whether asking about a person’s citizenship status can be placed on the 2020 census questionnaire.
On the redistricting question, the high court definitively ruled that the partisan gerrymandering question will not be adjudicated by the federal court system. Looking practically at the live cases the SCOTUS’ action affects, the redistricting battles in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin are essentially dead and their current congressional district boundaries will remain in place through the last election of this decade, in 2020.
With Democrats controlling the North Carolina state Supreme Court, it may be possible that the Tarheel State lines are redrawn because of partisan gerrymandering but whether a new case can get to them in time to affect 2020 remains questionable. Unlike the US Supreme Court, the North Carolina high panel does not have the authority to bring a case up before the lower courts rule.
The citizenship question is a bit more convoluted. The court ruled that the government has the right to add this question to the census, but they are sending this particular case back to the Department of Commerce because of potential motivational evidence relating to placing the citizenship query on the questionnaire.
Turning to the census ruling, though the SCOTUS made clear the government does have the right to ask the question, the result of returning it to the Commerce Department likely means the citizenship question will not be on the census questionnaire. Though the Trump Administration may try to stretch the calendar, it is probable that Commerce will not be able to comply with the high court’s directive before the 2020 census must be fielded.
The Supreme Court issued the rulings on the Maryland and North Carolina redistricting cases, which dictates that partisan gerrymandering is not an issue for the federal courts. The high court ruling stated that the legislatures and Governors, for the most part, have sole authority to draw the district boundaries.
In a blow to the Administration, and most likely the Republicans, the court also returned to the federal district court the census citizenship case. The majority opted to send the case for further investigation to determine the motive behind the Commerce Department decision to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. The court did affirm the government’s authority to add such a question to the census main document but will allow the lower court to determine if the reason to do so was tainted.
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