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Chelsea Manning running for U.S. Senate

She will go up against Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate.
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Controversial transgender activist and former Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning has announced she will be running for US Senate as a Democrat in Maryland.

She will go up against Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate.

Manning’s campaign manager is Evan Greer the Director of Fight for the Future and also a longtime friend who supported her during her incarceration.

“Chelsea Manning has fought for freedom and sacrificed for it in ways that few others have,” Greer said. “The world is a better place with her as a free woman, and this latest news makes it clear she is only beginning to make her mark on it.”

In a video promoting her entry into the race, she emphasizes her concern for the current state of fear in society and politics. 

"We live in trying times. Times of Fear— of suppression— of hate. We don’t need more—or better leaders. We need someone willing to fight.

We need to stop asking them to give us our rights.They won’t support us. They won’t compromise.

We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge them at every level.

We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore. We can do better. You’re damn right #WeGotThis."

Chelsea Manning was released from Leavenworth prison in Kansas this past May, thus ending what was supposed to be a 35-year sentence after being convicted of espionage.   

In January 2017, then President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s  sentence to seven years, including the three years she served in prison before her trial.

You can watch Manning's announcement video below: