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Keisha Waites On Running For Seat Formerly Held By The Late Congressman John Lewis

Courtney Smith and Yolandra Hancock view the flag-draped casket of Rep. John Lewis as he lies in state at the Capitol in Washington on July 28. Keisha Waites joins "Morning Edition" host Lisa Rayam to discuss why she's running for the seat formerly held by the late congressman.
Courtney Smith and Yolandra Hancock view the flag-draped casket of Rep. John Lewis as he lies in state at the Capitol in Washington on July 28. Keisha Waites joins "Morning Edition" host Lisa Rayam to discuss why she's running for the seat formerly held by the late congressman.
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Former state legislator Keisha Waites calls herself a fierce advocate for marginalized communities and working families.

Waites says that’s why she’s running to continue the legacy and work that the late Congressman John Lewis started many decades ago.

“This is the time to continue to talk about the things most important to him. This is an opportunity to advocate for affordable housing, service and health care reform.” Photo courtesy of Keisha Waites

Waites joins a pool of candidates hoping to fill Lewis’ unexpired term.

She tells the host of WABE’s “Morning Edition” Lisa Rayam, her roots run deep in the 5th Congressional District and in politics.

Waites said Lewis was consistent and gracious. She said she takes huge pride in being a member of the 5th congressional district.¬† Waites added, “This is the time to continue to talk about the things most important to him. This is an opportunity to advocate for affordable housing, service and health care reform.”

Waites said she realized when she read the letter Lewis provided after his death that, “This is a calling,” and she feels she is qualified to lead.