The campaign team of Krishanti Vignarajah intends to seek a court ruling on whether she is eligible to run for governor in Maryland.
The campaign issued a news release Oct. 6 announcing that the potential candidate filed a request in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment to resolve questions surrounding her campaign since she announced plans to run in August (see India-West story here).
The Sri Lankan American previously registered and voted multiple times in Washington, D.C., from 2010 to 2014 while she worked in the State Department and White House. Vignarajah previously served as Michelle Obama’s policy director in the White House, according to a Bethesda Beat report.
Maryland law requires gubernatorial candidates to have been registered and to have lived in the state for five years preceding the election, the report said.
Vignarajah has been registered in Maryland since 2006 and has maintained that she was never a permanent resident of D.C. She registered in Maryland at a Catonsville address, but now lives in Gaithersburg, the publication said.
The candidate asked the court to issue a binding declaration confirming her right to appear on the ballot and dispelling spurious claims and rumors circulated by her opponents that she is not a registered voter and resident of Maryland, the news release said.
It described “her opponents’ argument” that her votes in D.C. terminated her Maryland voter registration as “meritless.”
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s campaign committee has been named in the request as a defendant because the committee’s lawyer “publicly challenged (Vignaraja’s) eligibility to run,” according to the press release.
Vignarajah, 38, who was born in Sri Lanka, is seeking elected office for the first time. She is one of seven Democrats who have announced their campaigns for governor.
Vignarajah graduated from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County and then attended Yale College, where she earned a master’s degree in political science and a B.S. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. She was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where she received an M.Phil. in international relations, before returning to Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Journal.
There is no timetable as to when the court will rule on the matter, the report said. The primary election for the seat is scheduled for June 26, 2018.