NOW endorses Salima Marriott, citing her activismDel....


NOW endorses Salima Marriott, citing her activism

Del. Salima Siler Marriott, a second-term delegate from West Baltimore's 40th District and a social work professor at Morgan State University, has received the endorsement of the National Organization for Women.

Ms. Marriott is one of 27 Democrats running for the 7th Congressional District seat in Tuesday's primary election.

NOW cited Ms. Marriott's "more than 30 years of activism, advocacy and leadership on issues important to Maryland women and children."

Ms. Marriott was chair of the National Women's Health Project and has lobbied Congress to bring greater attention to the needs of black women in the national health care debate.

Federal employees union, Rep. Wynn back Cummings

Del. Elijah E. Cummings, the West Baltimore legislator who is speaker pro tem of the House of Delegates, has received the backing of Rep. Albert R. Wynn and the union representing Maryland's federal government employees.

The American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1923, which represents workers at the Social Security Administration, the Health Care Financing Administration and the Veteran's Administration's medical center and Baltimore regional office, announced its support of Mr. Cummings. The union estimates that it has 5,000 members who live in the 7th District.

"Both as a legislator and, from his current leadership position, Delegate Cummings has been a true friend of the working men and women represented by the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO," local president John Gage wrote in a letter to members, asking them to vote for Mr. Cummings.

Last month, Mr. Cummings received the endorsement of the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council, an organization representing 17 labor unions. State organized labor split in January over whom to endorse in the primary and decided not to endorse anyone, freeing the more than 200 unions in the Baltimore area to make their own endorsements. The Rev. Frank M. Reid III has received the backing of a coalition of labor unions representing more than 30,000 blue-collar workers, and state Sen. Delores G. Kelley was endorsed by the Maryland State Teachers Association.

This week, Mr. Wynn endorsed Mr. Cummings.

"Elijah Cummings is a person possessing a strong sense of values and spirituality, outstanding character, commitment to the people of Baltimore, extensive experience and the ability to work with all segments of the community," said Mr. Wynn, who represents the 4th District.

First-time candidate Miller raises $15,369

Traci K. Miller, a Baltimore assistant state's attorney running for the congressional seat, has raised $15,369 in contributions through the reporting period ending Feb. 14, according to a finance statement filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

Ms. Miller, a first-time candidate, raised more money in contributions during the period than several more established candidates, including Del. Kenneth Montague and attorney A. Dwight Pettit. She nearly raised as much as Del. Salima Siler Marriott, who took in $16,735.

Ms. Miller spent $14,867, mostly on fliers and advertisements.

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