U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) is set for a rematch against Republican challenger Frank Mirabile on Nov. 6. The last time the pair faced off in 2010, Mirabile lost to Cummings with 23 percent of the vote.
Mirabile, a landscape designer and small business owner for more than 20 years, is running on a typical conservative platform of limited government and lower taxes.
As in years past, the AFRO is putting its weight behind Cummings.
The seventh district encompasses both poorer swathes of Baltimore City as well as more affluent neighborhoods in Howard County, and Cummings has always maintained an accessibility and sensitivity to the constituents he serves.
Cummings has developed a strong voice in Congress and has unabashedly pursued policies to improve the lives of his constituents, African Americans and other vulnerable communities nationwide.
He has led investigations into insurance giant AIG’s use of federal bailout money, prescription drug price gouging and how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fees may have precipitated foreclosures. And he was one of the first lawmakers to sound a warning about predatory lending and an approaching foreclosure catastrophe. More recently, he launched an investigation of a conservative group that seems bent on intimidating minority voters at the polls.
At the local level, the congressman, addressing two major problems in his district, has hosted regular foreclosure prevention seminars and regular job fairs in Baltimore City.
In addition to legislation, Cummings also brings years of experience—and attendant clout—to the table. A former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, he is currently a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, serving on both the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transport and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. And, he is the ranking member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. These are among the reasons the AFRO has no qualms in endorsing Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) in the race for Maryland’s seventh congressional district seat.