Krish Vignarajah, former aid to First Lady Michelle Obama, said Wednesday that she plans to run for governor in 2018, making her the first female candidate to officially jump in the race.
In her prepared remarks, Vignarajah said she is entering Maryland’s gubernatorial race because she is concerned that her daughter may not have the same opportunities she had. She plans to publicly launch her campaign on September 19.
Her eligibility to meet Maryland’s requirements to run for governor has been questioned, per The Baltimore Sun. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, all candidates must be a resident and registered voter in Maryland for five years prior to the election. Vignarajah is registered to vote in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, but denied voting in more than one location at a time. She said the last time she voted in Washington D.C. was 2014.
Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, Baltimore attorney Jim Shea, state Senator Richard Madaleno and entrepreneur Alec Ross recently announced their gubernatorial bids.