I know a formal announcement is planned for later today but here is what was announced on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) last night:

I do not think anyone will be shocked or surprised by this announcement.

The field now consists of the following candidates for MD07:


  • Christopher M. Anderson
  • Ray Bly
  • Reba A. Hawkins
  • Kimberly Klacik (announced but not filed yet)
  • Liz Matory
  • William Newton


  • Maya R. Cummings (announced but not filed yet)
  • T. Dan Baker (from Columbia)
  • Darryl Gonzalez
  • Mark Steven Gosnell (from Elkridge)
  • F Michael Higginbotham
  • Kweisi Mfume (announced but not filed yet)
  • Charles U. Smith
  • Harry Spikes
  • Charles Stokes
  • Del. Talmadge Branch (announced but not filed yet)

I have heard of one or two other names from Howard County that are considering getting into the race for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District.

This may shape up to be a pretty large field at the end of it all.

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.

Scott E