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Sen. Jamin B. ‘Jamie’ Raskin, who chairs the Senate Executive Nominations Committee, says the influence of money threatens to corrupt judicial elections. (File photo)

Raskin kicks off congressional campaign Sunday

The Maryland General Assembly ended Monday and now some legislators who have eyes on higher office are beginning to formalize their intentions.

Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, is scheduled to formally announce his plans to run for the 8th District congressional seat in Maryland on Sunday at Republic Restaurant in Takoma Park. The district includes portions of Montgomery, Carroll and Frederick Counties.

Raskin, 52, is the current chairman of the Senate Executive Nominations Committee and Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics and a constitutional law professor at American University.

The long-expected formal campaign announcement is part of the domino effect caused by the retirement announcement of Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, who currently represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, has already announced he will seek to succeed Mikulski.

Raskin joins Del. Kumar Barve, D-Montgomery County, in the race to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Barve has already started raising money for the campaign.

A number of other Democrats, including Del. Ana Sol Guttierez, D-Montgomery County, are also said to be considering running for the congressional seat.