Ben Jealous, Former NAACP President, Might Run for Senate Seat in Maryland

Ben Jealous, a former president of the NAACP and a veteran activist, at a rally in Sanford, Fla., in 2012.Credit Brian Blanco/European Pressphoto Agency
Ben Jealous, a former president of the NAACP and a veteran activist, at a rally in Sanford, Fla., in 2012.Credit Brian Blanco/European Pressphoto Agency

Benjamin T. Jealous, a former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a veteran activist, is considering a run for the Senate seat in Maryland that Barbara A. Mikulski will be leaving in 2017.

Mr. Jealous, who currently works for a West Coast venture capital firm but is based in Maryland, would be a well-known candidate in a primary race that Representative Chris Van Hollen has already entered, and that nearly half a dozen others are considering entering, including Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Donna Edwards.

Mr. Jealous declined to comment. But two people familiar with his thinking described him as giving serious thought to a campaign.

Mr. Jealous’s family has Maryland roots, and he has some built-in name recognition as a former NAACP president, given that the organization is based in Baltimore.

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Source: The New York Times | Maggie Haberman

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