Chelsea Manning announces she is running for U.S Senate!

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Chelsea Manning, the former Army soldier convicted of leaking classified information, is running for the U.S. Senate.

Manning, 30, filed to run in the Democratic primary in Maryland. Manning released her first campaign ad Sunday.

“We don’t need more or better leaders, we need someone willing to fight,” Manning says as images of racial violence flicker on the screen. “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 this at every level. We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore, we can do better.”

Manning faces incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, in the November primary.

Manning was court martialed in 2013 for providing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks but pardoned by President Barack Obama in 2016 after serving seven years of a 35-year prison sentence. Manning was convicted as Bradley Manning but announced she identified as a woman and changed her name to Chelsea Manning. She has been active in transgender and LGBTQ rights efforts.

If elected, Manning would be the first transgender member of the U.S. Senate.

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