Politics Maryland governor sets special election date to fill Cummings' seat

20:36  28 october  2019
20:36  28 october  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Funeral services set for US Rep. Elijah Cummings

  Funeral services set for US Rep. Elijah Cummings BALTIMORE (AP) — A wake and funeral for U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will be held next week at the church where he worshipped for nearly four decades. New Psalmist Baptist Church spokeswoman Joi Thomas said in an email that services for the Maryland Democrat are scheduled for Oct. 25. She said the wake will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the funeral at 10 a.m. Bishop Walter S. Thomas Jr., the church's pastor, will deliver the eulogy in the 4,000-seat sanctuary.The Baltimore Sun first reported the funeral details.Cummings died Thursday at age 68 due to complications from longstanding health problems.Cummings was the powerful chairman of a U.S.

Washington — Days after the funeral for Representative Elijah Cummings, Maryland's governor set the dates for the special election to replace the longtime Democratic congressman.

Republican Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation on Monday that orders a special primary election for the 7th Congressional District, which includes Baltimore, to be held February 4. The special general election will be April 28 — the same day as the state's presidential primary.

Elijah Cummings to lie in state in Statuary Hall ahead of Friday funeral

  Elijah Cummings to lie in state in Statuary Hall ahead of Friday funeral Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will lie in state in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall Thursday before a Friday funeral in his home district of Baltimore. Many lawmakers are expected to attend the memorial service for the House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman, which will be held Thursday morning. The ceremony will be held Thursday morning and will be open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests. [Rep. Elijah Cummings fondly remembered by Democrats, Republicans]Following the memorial service, there will be a public viewing. Additional details will be announced at a later date, a release from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office said. Cummings died on Oct.

Turnout for special elections is notoriously low, but putting the decision on the same ballot as the presidential primary should boost the number of voters. The governor's office said holding both elections that day will "avoid the cost and confusion of multiple and additional election days."

Candidates have from Wednesday until November 20 to enter the race.

Elijah Cummings wearing a suit and tie: US-POLITICS-INVESTIGATION-RUSSIA© Andrew Caballero-reynolds / AFP/Getty Images US-POLITICS-INVESTIGATION-RUSSIA Some expect Cummings' widow to run. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is chair of the state's Democratic Party and has run for office before. In 2017, she sought to unseat Hogan but dropped out of the race when her husband was hospitalized.

Some have already thrown their ring in the hat. Mark Gosnell, a doctor, plans to run as a Democrat. The district is overwhelmingly Democratic, but at least one Republican — Liz Matory, a business owner and author of a book called "Born Again Republican"—announced her intentions to run.

Elijah Cummings's widow Maya Rockeymoore expected to run for his House seat

  Elijah Cummings's widow Maya Rockeymoore expected to run for his House seat She  is seen as the most likely successor to fill his congressional seat after his death on Thursday, sources say.Rockeymoore, 48, who is currently the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, has a history of political involvement and ran unsuccessfully for Maryland governor in 2017. She married Cummings in 2008.

Other Democrats being mentioned as potential candidates, according to The Baltimore Sun, are Marilyn J. Mosby, the state's attorney in Baltimore; Calvin Ball, the Howard County executive; and Kweisi Mfume, a former president of the NAACP who previously held the seat.

Cummings died on October 17 at the age of 68. Before serving in Congress for 23 years, he was elected to the Maryland House, where he became the first black speaker pro tem of that chamber. He was chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is one of three committees leading the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Representative Carolyn Maloney is serving as acting chair of the committee until a permanent new leader is chosen.

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