Maya Rockeymoore Cummings announced Monday that she would run for her late husband’s congressional seat after abdicating her chairmanship of the Maryland Democratic Party.
According to the Washington Post, she came to political prominence in the state after toppling the party chair incumbent, motivated by Democrats’ 2018 gubernatorial loss.
She’ll join a packed field: already, six Democrats and three Republicans have filed to run for the 7th District seat.
But before she does, she’ll undergo a double mastectomy on Friday due to her high genetic likelihood of getting breast cancer.
She said that she’d be “laser-focused” on her campaign while she recovers.