Cardin files to run for third term

Cardin files to run for third term

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCommunity development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies Dem sen: No military option in North Korea ‘without extreme risks’ MORE (D-Md.) filed paperwork Monday to run for reelection in November, according to multiple reports.

Cardin, 74, will be seeking his third term in the Senate. He serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

Prior to serving in the Senate, Cardin served 10 terms in the House and was a Maryland state representative before that. 

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Cardin is facing a Democratic primary challenge from Chelsea Manning. The transgender activist and former soldier filed in January to run for the Senate seat and released her first campaign ad a few days later.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing confidential military and State Department documents. Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Clarifying the power of federal agencies could offer Trump a lasting legacy Dems allow separation of parents, children to continue, just to score political points MORE commuted her sentence to seven years, and she was released in 2017. 

Since then, Manning has been an outspoken activist for the LGBTQ community.

Other Democrats who are challenging Cardin include Jerome Segal, Richard Vaughn and Debbie Wilson, according to The Baltimore Sun

Gerald Smith Jr. is the lone Republican who has filed to run for the seat, the newspaper reported.