Maya Rockeymoore Cummings to join Democratic race for Maryland Governor

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It looks like we will have another Democrat entering the 2018 race for Governor in Maryland: Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

The 46-year-old consulting firm owner, who plans to announce her candidacy Thursday via a web video, said she has the experience required to take the reins of state government from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Here is a good bit of additional information from the Washington Post:

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a policy consultant who is married to longtime U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), is launching a bid for Maryland governor, becoming the second woman and the third African American to join the crowded Democratic primary field.

“I truly believe Maryland is punching below its fighting weight,” Rockeymoore Cummings, who is also a small-business owner, said in explaining her decision to seek the nomination to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018. “I think we are going backwards on a number of key indicators. Inequality across the state is a real concern — economic inequality. Many Maryland families are anxious about their economic situation.”

Rockeymoore Cummings, 46, is not widely known in Maryland political circles apart from her husband. She holds a doctorate in political science from Purdue University and has more than two decades of experience working in the public and private sectors, including as chief of staff to New York congressman Charles B. Rangel (D), senior resident scholar for health and income security at the National Urban League and vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She started Global Policy Solutions, a social change strategy firm, in 2005.

This is her first run for public office.

“Once Marylanders hear the experiences that I’ve had and the skills that I possess, they will consider my background on par with any county executive or anyone else in the race,” she said.

recent poll by Goucher College found that nine percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Rockeymoore Cummings in the June primary.

Twenty-eight percent of Democrats said they would consider voting for former attorney general Doug Gansler, who also had the greatest name recognition. Gansler decided last month not to enter the race. Twenty-one percent said they would consider voting for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III; 17 percent for Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; and 14 percent for former NAACP president Ben Jealous.

The other candidates — State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., attorney Jim Shea, tech entrepreneur Alec Ross and Krishanti Vignarajah, a former policy aide to Michelle Obama — were in low single digits.

separate poll showed Baker doing better than any other declared Democratic candidate in a one-on-one matchup against Hogan, who is widely popular. Baker trailed the governor by seven points.

I have not come across a website or social media outreach for the candidate as of Google searches this morning…but I will continue to keep an eye out and update the Technology Outreach Scorecard as soon as I find those resources.

Will anyone else decide to jump into the crowded field between now and February? I have not heard any other big names considering but you never know…so stay tuned just in case…

Scott E

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