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Congressional candidate Kathleen Matthews releases first web ad

WASHINGTON -- Kathleen Matthews, the former news anchor running in Maryland's 8th congressional district, released an introductory web video Thursday that touts her background and outlines the message she hopes to project in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Much of the minute-long video reiterates themes she sounded when she announced her candidacy earlier this month. Web ads, meanwhile, tend not to be seen directly by many voters. But the video is notable in part because of its polished production: It could easily be cut to 30 seconds and run on television as Matthews' first ad.

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Matthews, a former WJLA anchor and husband of MSNBC's Chris Matthews is running in a crowded field for the 8th district seat, which will be left vacant by Rep. Chris Van Hollen's run for Senate. State Sen. Jamie Raskin, Dels. Kumar P. Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez and former White House aide Will Jawando have also announced campaigns.

"I'm running for Congress because I think I can be a really effective voice for this area," Matthews said, hitting on the progressive issues that have been cited by many Democratic congressional candidates, such as increasing the minimum wage, equal pay for women, paid family leave. "We have great jobs here, great schools, lots of opportunity. It would be a wonderful place to represent in Congress."

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