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7th District Special Election

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The special election to replace 13-term Congressman Elijah Cummings, who died in October, has sparked an unusually large field of candidates to run to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. 

The district includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. 

Election dates

Special primary election: February 4, 2020. 

Special general election: April 28, 2020. *April 28 is also the regular presidential primary. 


Find the full list of candidates here. Over the next few months, WYPR will post bios of all of the candidates. All stories about the race will be posted here as well. 

Voter information

Register to vote here.  Find your polling place and sample ballots here


AP/Patrick Semansky

It’s difficult to get voters to turn out for a special election, but the task of replacing someone as visible as Elijah Cummings might motivate Marylanders to cast their ballots in a special election primary this winter.

photo courtesy Mfume for Congress

Today, we begin a new series of Conversations with the Candidates: 2020 in advance of the special primary election in February, and the local and national primary elections in April. 

The congressional vacancy in Maryland's 7th District, created by the death last month of Representative Elijah Cummings, has attracted 32 candidates to an election to succeed him, including Congressman Cummings’ widow, a former aid, four state legislators and a law professor.

In all, twenty-four Democrats and eight Republicans have filed to run in a special primary election on February 4th.  The general election for the 7th District will take place on April 28th, which is Primary day for all other races in MD, including the Presidential Primary.   

Kweisi Mfume joins Tom today in Studio A.  He is familiar to many 7th District voters.  He held the seat for five terms -- from 1987 to 1996 -- before leaving Congress to head up the NAACP.  He stepped down from that position in November 2004.

Mary Rose Madden

State Senator Jill Carter has joined an increasingly crowded Democratic field of 17 candidates running for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District seat left vacant by the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in October.

Carter filed to run for the seat Monday at the state Board of Elections and has planned a “special announcement” about her campaign for Tuesday afternoon. In between those events, she attended her third fundraiser Monday night in Ellicott City, the southern part of the 7th district.

AP/Julio Cortez

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings joined an ever growing field of candidates today running to represent to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, a seat last occupied by her late husband, Elijah Cummings.

Rachel Baye

The first time Kweisi Mfume was elected to represent Maryland’s seventh congressional district, he was 38 years old. Now 71, he says he wants to continue the work of his one-time successor, Congressman Elijah Cummings, whose death last month left the seat vacant.