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Chelsea Manning files papers to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

OUT Magazine #OUT100 Gala presented by Lexus at the the Altman Building in New York City. Featuring: Chelsea Manning Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 09 Nov 2017 Credit: Jason Mendez/WENN.com

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning will run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.

The transgender former Army officer who was convicted of leaking classified documents filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

According to a Federal Election Commission statement filed on January 11, the 30-year-old Manning is living in North Bethesda, Maryland and is running as a Democrat.

Manning will challenge Democrat Ben Cardin who is up for reelection in 2018. He has served two terms and is an overwhelming favorite to win.

Manning was convicted of leaking classified information and spent more than six years behind bars.

Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced. President Barack Obama granted clemency to Manning before leaving office.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report.

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