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Del. Peña-Melnyk to announce run for Congress

WASHINGTON -- Del. Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, a Prince George's County Democrat who is chair of the state's Latino legislative caucus, will announce Tuesday she will seek the House seat being left open by Rep. Donna F. Edwards, a source with knowledge of her plans said Saturday.

First elected in 2006, Peña-Melnyk represents a district that includes portions of both Anne Arundel and Prince George's County. Anne Arundel was added to the 4th Congressional District during the 2011 congressional redistricting. She lives in College Park.

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Peña-Melnyk, 48, was born in the Dominican Republican and she would be both the first woman and the first Hispanic to enter what is likely to be a crowded primary field. Former lieutenant governor Anthony G. Brown and former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey already have announced campaigns.

Several others are considering a run.

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Edwards announced this past week that she will seek the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

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