Ex-soldier files to run for US Senate in Maryland — Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in Maryland

Manning would be challenging Democratic Sen.

Mr Cardin has held the Maryland seat since 2007, and is favourite to retain the seat for a third term in the heavily-Democratic state.

She was convicted by court-martial of espionage and for providing more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

Manning made waves in a different way when she posed in a red one-piece bathing suit for Vogue's September issue, eliciting both supportive and critical comments.

She has written about transgender rights and bullying in columns published on the website Medium.

"Our only statement on the record is 'No statement'", Manning said. However, an outside candidate with national name recognition like Manning could tap a network of donors. He is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Manning moved to Maryland after her release from prison.

A highly outspoken figure on the internet, some praise Chelsea as a hero.

Race filings demonstrate that Manning, 30, presented her appointment to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday as a Democrat.

Despite the gravity of her convictions, her criminal history will not legally stop Manning from running for senator.

Democrats are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Evan Greer, campaign director of the nonprofit organization Fight for the Future and a supporter of Manning, said the news is exciting. "I should have run for something lower (state or local office)".

US President Donald Trump has labeled Manning a traitor. Manning's sentence was controversially commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 after Manning had served seven years of a 35-year sentence.

The election document lists Manning's address as that of a luxury apartment tower in North Bethesda.

Manning's high-profile leak drew media coverage around the world.

Manning would not be the first transgender candidate to challenge a sitting member of Congress.

Her case remains politically divisive.

Chelsea Manning wants to become a US senator.

Information for this article was contributed by Katherine Shaver of The Washington Post.

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