By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former leader of the NAACP says he will run for the Maryland congressional seat that became vacant with the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Kweisi Mfume announced his plans Monday to regain the seat he held before leading the civil rights organization.

In a Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Kwiesi Mfume, board chairman of Morgan State University, speaks during funeral services for Rep. Elijah Cummings, in Baltimore. Mfume said Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 he will run for the Maryland congressional seat that became vacant with the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, Pool, File)

Mfume currently serves as the chairman of Morgan State University’s board of regents. He represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District from 1987 to 1996.

The district stretches across parts of Baltimore and Howard and Baltimore counties.

Gov. Larry Hogan has set a special primary for Feb. 4, and a special general election for April 28.

Also running are Democratic state Del. Talmadge Branch and Republican Liz Matory, who has lost two previous congressional races.

Cummings died Oct. 17 at the age of 68.