Kimberly Klacik has announced that she is running for Elijah Cummings’ senate seat. She is the Baltimore County Republican who made several posts on Twitter about trash in West Baltimore. Those posts triggered Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on the late Rep. Elijah Cummings as well as the city itself.
Klacik runs a nonprofit organization and is a member of a county Republican Central Committee. She has stated that next week she will file for the special election in the 7th Congressional District. Cummings held the Senate seat for more than two decades. He passed away back on October 17.
“I am throwing my hat in the race for the 7th Congressional District,” Klacik said in an interview. “I’ve seen firsthand what a lot of people are going through. Our violent crime is up 52% in Baltimore County and it’s rising in Baltimore City, too. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”
Klacik does not live in the 7th District, but she has stated that if she wins the election she will move to West Baltimore.
She garnered major attention back in July when she posted a video to social media of trash in West Baltimore. Her video was picked up by Fox News and then by Donald Trump, who would then launch a brutal attack on Cummings and the city. Trump’s remarks came off as racist and led to a war of words online and in the media between Trump and officials in Baltimore.
“Talking to residents about rats and infrastructure and vacant homes, there’s so much that can be done,” Klacik added.
Three other Republican candidates have filed for the special election to fill the seat, including Liz Matory and Dutch Ruppersberger. Republican Chris Anderson is scheduled to announce his campaign on Monday.
Several Democrats have tossed their hat in the ring as well. It is also expected that Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah Cummings’ widow will also run.
The district’s voters are 68% Democratic, so it will be an extremely difficult task for a Republican to win Cummings’ former seat. Whoever does win the Senate seat will have almost impossible shoes to fill.
The deadline to file to run for the special primary being held on Feb. 4 is Nov. 20.
After the special primary is held a special general election will be held April 28. The winner of the election will then finish the remainder of Cummings’ term, which expires in January of 2021.