U.S. Representative Donna Edwards (D - Maryland) has officially entered the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. Edwards has a campaign Facebook page, and released an announcement video around 9:30 AM this morning.
The video emphasizes Edwards as a champion of the middle class, senior citizens and women's reproductive rights. Her record of securing $2.5 billion in funding for historically-black colleges, and job creation record at NASA's Goddard Flight Center in Greenbelt are also touted.
Edwards also hints at the theme of being the underdog, in a race where already-declared candidate Chris Van Hollen (D - District 8) has collected hasty endorsements from Senator Harry Reid, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, and the entire Montgomery County Council. How much the support of the Montgomery County political establishment will benefit Van Hollen remains to be seen.
Unions have not declared their support for a candidate at this stage, and Edwards could do well in other populous areas of the state. Not every prominent Democrat in Montgomery County has announced an endorsement yet, either, and additional candidates may enter the race in the days ahead.