Kennedy Townsend considers Senate seat

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON -- Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland, said Wednesday that she will consider running for the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski -- adding her name to a long list of Democrats in the state who are thinking about the job.

Townsend, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2002 -- losing to Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. -- said she has heard from a number of supporters who have encouraged her to look at the seat.

"I've always wanted to work for the people of Maryland," Townsend said in an interview Wednesday.

If she ran, Townsend could face a growing number of potential candidates. Every member of the state's congressional delegation except for Rep. Steny Hoyer of Southern Maryland have expressed some interest in the seat. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is considering a run, as is former gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur.

Townsend, who founded Georgetown University's Center for Retirement Initiatives, also previously served as the chairwoman of American Bridge, a group that raises money for Democratic candidates.


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