Former White House adviser Krishanti Vignarajah (D) at her campaign kickoff highlighted her roots as an immigrant and said “as governor she would push for mandatory paid family leave for new mothers and fathers and for universal prekindergarten and make education her ‘top priority.’”
“Vignarajah, 37, has said she is driven to run partly by the retirement early this year of” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), “which left all statewide elected offices in Maryland filled by men for the first time in many years.”
“Mary Wagner, voter-registration director for the elections board, said the attorney general’s office is unlikely to provide an answer [Vignarajah’s eligibility to run for office] before Vignarajah files paperwork with the state to enter the race. The filing deadline for the June primary is Feb. 27. Wagner said the board would have canceled Vignarajah’s voter registration if D.C. officials had notified the state that she was also registered in the District.” (Washington Post)
KEITHING IT REAL. State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) has hired three senior advisers for his campaign, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Campaign manager Keith Presley previously worked on Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s (D) 2016 and the state Democratic Parties in Maryland and Arkansas.
Communications consultant Bobby Gravitz of SWAY has worked in California, Missouri, New York, Oregon, and Washington as well as on President Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners will conduct polling. She has worked for former Vice President Joe Biden, the DNC, the DGA, unions, the Sierra Club, and other progressive groups. (Hotline reporting)
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