Even before the announcement from Governor Larry Hogan about the special election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional district a lot of names have been floating around about who may run in the upcoming special election.

One of the local names floating around has been Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary (District 13). I have it from a reliable local political source that some type of announcement may be coming soon from Delegate Atterbeary.

To be clear…no official statement has come from Delegate Atterbeary as of this post….but I will be watching closely now in case something does come out soon(ish)

I have been a fan of Delegate Atterbeary for a while now and think she would make a great candidate from Howard County for this seat in the special election. I almost never take sides when writing about elections…but if Delegate Atterbeary does get into this race, it will be difficult for me to not cheer her on in that race.

Here is some “Biography” information about Delegate Atterbeary from the General Assembly of Maryland website:

Past House Service
2017-2019 Deputy Majority Whip
2015-2019 Juvenile Law Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee
2015-2016 Public Safety and Policing Workgroup
2016-2017 House Chair, Howard County Delegation
Public Service
2016- Governor’s Workforce Development Board
2016-2017 Neshante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force
2015-2016 Governor’s Workforce Investment Board
Maryland State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
“The Links, Inc. ” (Vice-President)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Maryland National Organization for Women
Montgomery County Commission for Women (Past President)
National Association Commission for Women
Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2010
Leadership Maryland, Class of 2012
Biographical Information
Born, Columbia, Maryland, June 24, 1975
Atholton High School 1993
College of William and Mary, B.A., Government 1997
Villanova University School of Law, J.D. 2000
Law Clerk to Judge David W. Young, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 2001-02
Attorney Associate, Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, 2002-07
Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, Assistant Attorney General 2007-2009
KRA Corporation, Corporate Counsel 2009 –
Three children

Some important dates to remember:

  • Certificates of candidacy may be filed beginning on October 30, 2019.
  • The deadline for nomination papers to be filed is November 20, 2019, and the deadline for candidate withdrawal is November 22, 2019.
  • The special primary election will occur on February 4, 2020, 76 days from the filing deadline.
  • The special general election will occur on April 28, 2020—the same date as the state’s spring primary.

Other names floating out there include (but nothing 100% confirmed yet…just names I have seen mentioned on social media and in various articles):

  • Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (via Rollcall)
  • State Sen. Jill Carter (via WBAL)
  • Howard County Executive Calvin Ball
  • State Del. Talmadge Branch
  • State Sen. Antonio Hayes
  • State Del. Keith Haynes
  • State Del. Cory McCray
  • Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby
  • State Del. Nick Mosby
  • Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
  • State Del. Charles Sydnor III
  • State Sen. Mary Washington
  • State Del. Courtney Watson
  • Ben Jealous

Remember…all of the names above are rumors (except for Sen. Jill Cater who has announced an Exploratory Committee). I honestly look at some of the names above and would be shocked if they got into this race…but thought I would mention what I have seen or read about up to this point.

Candidates that had previously filed to run in this race include:

  • Christopher M. Anderson (R)
  • Reba A. Hawkins (R)
  • Liz Matory (R)
  • William Newton (R)
  • Mark Steven Gosnell (D)
  • Charles U. Smith (D)

Stay tuned folks…this could be an interesting special election.

If you are on Twitter…keep an eye on the hashtag #MD07.

Scott E


  1. This brings up one of my pet peeves I have had about politics for twenty years.

    Running for this position is a full time. The Balto city candidates will need to campaign heavily in Balto County and Howard County. And, the HoCo candidates vice versa.

    Have you noticed that some elected officials who already have a full time job paid by the taxpayers (ie, legislative session mid-Jan to mid-April) will be on the campaign trail instead of fulfilling the present elected position.

    All of them will have to be campaigning in Nov, Dec, Jan. (primary vote first week of Feb)
    Then, whomever wins the primary will have to be campaigning full time thru the first part of April.
    Plus, the primary for the Nov. election will be in April.

    Bottom line, a lot of elected officials will not be working full time this legislative session.
    Plus, don’t forget the other elected officials (not in the Annapolis group) that work for the county, city or state.

    This problem also applies to all of the congressmen and senators running for the presidency.

    I am just pointing out the flaw about campaigning — that the taxpayers are paying someone to run for an elected position. I realize this problem has been around for 200+ yrs. and nothing is going to change it.

    There is one more wrinkle that no one is talking about. After the Nov 2020 elections, the Governor (thru a redistricting commission) has to re-draw all of the congressional districts. And, Hogan is against gerrymandering. Will Howard Co or Balto Co. be important parts of the 7th congessional district?

    I am not sure that a congressman has to live in his district. I am sure that will come up.

  2. A couple of points, on both the original post and “Old timer”‘s comments above:

    – Kweisi Mfume, who represented this congressional district before Elijah Cummings, also has been mentioned in press reports as a possible candidate.

    -Being a state legislator is NOT a full-time job (although it definitely can feel like one) outside of the 90 days of the legislative session, from January-April. They certainly are not compensated like full-time officials, unlike other states like California and Pennsylvania.

    -a Member of Congress does not have to live in the actual district they represent, just in the same state.

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