House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
In response to speculation about whether he would vie for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Maryland seat, Rep. Elijah Cummings released a statement ahead of a speaking engagement at Coppin State University in West Baltimore saying that he was running for reelection on Sept. 14.
On Sept. 11 The AFRO reported that Jamal Bryant, a well-known pastor and civil rights activist in West Baltimore, was considering running for Cummings’ seat. On Sept. 14 Bryant officially announced that he would take on Cummings in the upcoming election.
Earlier this summer rumors began circulating that Cummings was going to run for Mikulski’s seat after he hired Ashley Martens, a Senate campaign fundraiser. Though Cummings had not officially released plans for the upcoming elections this was seen as a sign that he would be going for the soon to be vacant seat.
“Any assumption that I will not run for re-election to the House of Representatives from Maryland’s 7th Congressional District n 2016 is definitely premature,” Cummings said in his statement.
Instead of focusing on a campaign he is interested in his work in Congress, said Cummings.
“I love what I do — and I love the people for whom I work. It is a great privilege to be able to work hard, every day, for my neighbors on the critical challenges central to their lives – their jobs and the education of their children, their health care and housing, their safety, and their fundamental rights as citizens of the greatest democracy in the world,” he said in his statement.
Cummings has served in Congress since 1996 as a representative of half of Baltimore County and parts of Howard County.