Rev. Jamal Bryant
Signs have emerged that suggest Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, a Baltimore fixture and pastor of the Empowerment Temple Church in West Baltimore, may be considering making a run for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ congressional seat.
When asked if Bryant was mounting a campaign for the Cummings seat, which has been occupied by the Maryland’ 7th Congressional District representative since 1996, Nicole Kirby, a spokeswoman for Bryant, said, “I can neither confirm nor deny Jamal is running” for office.
Cummings himself is the subject of speculation that he will run for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Maryland seat now that she is retiring. Cummings hired Ashley Martens, who is known for her Senate fundraising skills, is a possible signal that he will run for higher office. Cummings did not respond to a request for comment.
Bryant is a frequent fixture on television and during the April Baltimore uprising, was often seen leading protests. He gave the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral in April and was very visible last summer in Ferguson, Mo, where he was arrested demonstrating against police brutality following the shooting death of Michael Brown.