Former NAACP President to be running to accept the return of Cummings’ seat

nearvideo death of Rep. Elijah Cummings attracts cross-party tributes

Reaction poured in from Capitol Hill and beyond after the death of a Maryland Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings; handle-Jenkins reports from Baltimore.

To replace the special election late in the Republic, Elijah Cummings, D-Md., announced the heating as a former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, from Monday to his old place to try again.

Mfume, a Democrat, represented the Baltimore-area congressional seat, before Cummings from 1987 to 1996, is the second candidate to enter the primaries. Talmadge branch, the house of delegates of the majority whip, said he would run on Thursday according to the Baltimore Sun. Cummings’ widow, Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings, has also said it is also considering the race.

“I honestly believe that I have to find a way to make sure that all of the [Cummings] and others struggled, all is not lost, thrown to the side and forget,” Mfume said to supporters at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore during the official kick-off of his campaign, Monday, citing his previous experience in the Seating and the time as NAACP President as qualifications. “If I’m not prepared to be trustworthy, and ready to go to work, on the first day, I would not be here.”

Former U.S. REP Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) speaks during the funeral ceremony for the late U.S. representative Elijah Cummings in the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 25. October 2019. Mfume Monday announced he would try to Cummings ” seat in a special election.


Mfume, who spoke in vain, sought a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland in 2006, about his upbringing during the civil rights era, and his familiarity with the segregation.

“I never had the experience to know what was comrade to a white class by the college,” he said, explaining how those experiences shaped his views of “fair play.”

“For too many Americans, because of their race, their ethnicity or their name, you find yourself standing in front of the gate of the American mainstream to recognize that the gate is not fully opened to you,” he continued. “You are black, you are white, you are Latino, you are poor, you are the most well-off, and many others will try to find a way of naturalisation in order to gain hope and to give back to this country.”

In addition to his experience in the NAACP and in Congress-where he served in several Committee positions in addition to his work as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus — Mfume served on the post-9/11 continuity of government Commission and a variety of other committees and Advisory boards.


Mfume is not only highly qualified Democrat in the mix for the 7. congressional district seat. Branch was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 1995, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was also a special assistant to former 7. The District Of Rep. Parren J. Mitchell, D-Md., from 1984 to 1987.

“As the house majority whip, I have the ability to bring people together in the city,” the branch, The sun said. “It makes me feel like I am very qualified to do this. I know how to deliver and ensure that funds go back into the community.”

Rockeymoore-Cummings, Chairman of the Maryland Democratic party, is the founder, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a consultancy that advocates for the customers, including AARP and the National Council of La Raza. She’s also previously with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the staff was the head of former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY

There are several other Democrats rumored to be thinking of the occurrence in what is a crowded primary can.


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last month announced that the candidates would have until Nov. 20 to file with the State Board of elections for a Feb. 4 primary. The winner of the primary is favored to win the 28. April special election — which, together with the Maryland-2020 primary date — as of 7. The district is deeply Democratic.

“It is imperative for the 7. The constituency has a strong voice in the house of representatives, and today we are going to from the warranty, the process to fill in the historical Maryland the seat moves forward in a fair and timely manner,” he said.

Cummings, civil rights icon, who enjoyed a deep respect from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, died on Oct. 17. Honors Cummings poured in from legislators and others in the policy in both major parties.


“I was shocked and saddened to learn the news this morning from my dear friend over,” House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a fellow Maryland Democrat, said in a statement. “Elijah Cummings was a man of principle, patriotism and conviction, whose loss will be deeply felt in the state of Maryland and our country.”

In the White house, the flag was lowered to half-staff.

“My most sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings,” Trump tweeted. “I’ve seen first-hand the power, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and his voice on so many fronts is not very hard to replace if it is impossible!”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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