Donna Edwards

Few women hold top elected offices in Maryland

Few women hold top elected offices in Maryland

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the head of a Washington public policy firm who is married to Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, said this month that she’s considering a run for governor, an office that has never been held by a woman in Maryland.

There have been several female gubernatorial candidates over the years, most recently Heather Mizeur, a Democrat from Montgomery County, who ran in 2014.

But nearly a century after women obtained the right to vote, relatively few women hold top offices in a state that is 52 percent female.

Only one out of nine counties run by county executives in Maryland has female leadership. Jan Gardner, a Democrat elected in 2014, leads...