The widow of the late Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said on Monday night that she will run for her husband’s old seat to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional district.
In her first televised interview since her husband’s death, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she will announce her decision to run for Congress on Tuesday.
“Tomorrow, I will announce that I will be running for the Congress, the 7th congressional district of Maryland. I believe very strongly I have the background and the commitment and the ability to take the reigns and make a good run for this seat.”
Watch her comments below:
Rockeymoore Cummings, the Maryland Democratic Party chairwoman, said that months before her husband’s death, they discussed the possibility of her running for his seat, “About six months ago, we were talking, and he said, ‘I really do think you should take this seat.'”
She added that she believes her experience in politics will help address the needs of the residents of Baltimore.
“I am prepared and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and address what Baltimore needs. Baltimore is a city of great potential. But it has lopsided economic outcomes, lopsided health care outcomes, lopsided educational outcomes. And the poorest people, the black and brown population of the city and certainly surrounded areas, are in need of somebody who’s willing to launch what I call an inclusion revolution.”
Additionally, she said announcement comes the same week of a double mastectomy which was scheduled as a precaution, adding that her husband urged her to undergo the procedure:
“This was scheduled before running for office was ever a consideration before Elijah’s health took a really bad turn for the worse. He went with me to the doctor’s appointment, where I got a consultation about this option, and he agreed and begged me several times before he passed away to prioritize myself.”
Rockeymoore Cummings’ announcement comes roughly a month after the death of her husband.