What's Next For Fudge's Congressional District?

(Washington) - Now that Marcia Fudge has been confirmed, and sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, what happens next for her old seat in the U.S. House of Representatives?

First, constituents in the 11th District will still be able to receive Congressional services. Fudge's staff will stay on in the same offices until her successor is chosen.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will have to schedule both a special primary and general election, with the winner taking over the 11th District seat. The district is heavily Democratic, and so far, only Democrats have announced their intentions.

Those who have said they want to run for the 11th District seat are Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown, former State Senators Nina turner and Shirley Smith, former State Representatives Bryan Flannery and John Barnes, former Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson, and navy veteran Tariq Shabazz.

Fudge was elected to the U.S. House in 2008, following the death of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Fudge won the 2008 general election with 85% of the vote, and was unopposed in a special election to fill Jones' seat for the remaining few weeks of the term.

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