Last session, Hill was the lead sponsor on successful legislation that authorized grants for services helping seniors, mandated better reporting of sewage overflows in state waterways, and gave minors the same rights as adults to consent to treatment to prevent HIV.
Candidates must file by Wednesday to run in a special Feb. 4 primary in the district, which includes parts of the city of Baltimore and areas of Baltimore and Howard counties. The special election will be held April 28, the same day as a regular primary for all of Maryland’s U.S. House seats, with early voting starting April 16.
Candidates who want to fill Cummings’ seat through the rest of his term, until January 2021, and win the seat for the next two years after that, must run in both the special and regular elections.
“We’ve got excellent candidates and that’s fortunate,” Hill said. “We’ve got people who come with varying qualifications. I bring experience and really unique qualifications that the voters will find of value. I’m running on the strength of my qualifications.”
The district’s voters are 68% Democratic, with just 16% Republican voters and the rest unaffiliated or belonging to third parties, making it difficult for any candidate who is not a Democrat to win the seat.
About 42% of the general election voters in the 7th Congressional District live in Baltimore, while 30% live in Baltimore County and 28% in Howard County.