Maryland Matters | By Bryan P. Sears, Josh Kurtz, Danielle E. Gaines |

On the Democratic side, Destiny Drake West, who runs a think tank working to advance women’s issues, entered the race last week, saying the 6th District needs new leadership that reflects the district’s diversity. “When so many families are hurting, we can’t continue doing business as usual in Washington,” she said in a statement. “We need an effective leader who understands the needs of our diverse communities and who will work tirelessly with the people of the district to turn hopes and dreams into real action.”

West has done policy work at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and on Capitol Hill. She has also worked as a legislative aide in Maryland to state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s) and former Sen. Obie Patterson (D-Prince George’s).

Benson called West “a truly outstanding rising star.”

West, 37, lives in Germantown with her husband, a retired Army officer, and their three children. Her think tank is called the Drake Institute of Women’s Policy.

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