Maya Rockeymoore Cummings To Join Crowded Race For Late Husband’s Seat

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L), D-CA, performs the ceremonial swearing-in with incoming Chair of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and wife Maya Rockeymoore at the start of the 116th Congres... Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L), D-CA, performs the ceremonial swearing-in with incoming Chair of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and wife Maya Rockeymoore at the start of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS

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.

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