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Gay Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur Announces Run for Governor

Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur announced today she's running for governor of Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reports:

MizeurThe 40-year-old Montgomery County lawmaker would join Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown as an official candidate on the Democratic side in the June 2014 primary. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is expected to formally jump into the race in September. Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat, has said he is considering a run.

If elected, Mizeur would become the first woman in Maryland to serve as governor and the first openly gay governor in the nation. Along with Del. Ron George on the Republican side, she also is trying to achieve what no other member of the Maryland General Assembly has done: win a popular election as governor while serving in the legislature.

In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Mizeur said she would run a non-traditional campaign that emphasized public-service projects. She said she's planning such activities as repairing a playground in Silver Spring, painting a school in Baltimore and restoring a hiking trail in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside Cambridge.

Mizeur also spoke with the Washington Blade:

“Diversity is enormously important,” she told the Blade. “Not simply to have a gay governor, but to have a governor who can represent the voices of people in communities that have not always had a voice in the process.”

...EMILY’s List and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund are expected to back Mizeur’s campaign, but campaign finance reports indicate both Brown and Gansler have a significant fundraising advantage.

Gansler has also been a huge advocate for same-sex marriage in Maryland.

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  1. That's a man, baby!

    Sorry, couldn't resist the snark. No offense to Ms. Mizeur.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 17, 2013 11:50:18 AM

  2. Snark: you're doing it wrong (no offense).

    Posted by: Shevek | Jul 17, 2013 12:47:45 PM

  3. She would not be the first openly-gay governor in the nation. Jim McGreevey remained governor of New Jersey for 3 months and 3 days after he ashamedly announced he was "a gay American."

    Maybe she will be the first PROUD gay governor, though.

    Posted by: GregV | Jul 17, 2013 12:54:41 PM

  4. Just a thought.... Why is it this article uses the appropriate term GAY - first openly gay etc... but most other articles go out of their way to not say gay and force LGBT (or now it seems we cant even say the ubiquitous LGBT and MUST say LGBT community) down our throats ever other sentence. God forbid we refer to gay people as gay.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jul 17, 2013 1:35:36 PM

  5. Gay or not, running for an office you don't currently hold, while you hold office shouldn't be allowed. She can't possibly do her job as a Delegate and run for another office. We need election reform.

    Posted by: Donald | Jul 17, 2013 2:23:57 PM

  6. She's boring and not exciting. So, perfect for Maryland.

    Posted by: Logan | Jul 17, 2013 3:37:26 PM

  7. Good luck to her - - if she doesn't make it, maybe this will at least propel her name and have her in strong standing for Lt. Gov selection

    Posted by: reality | Jul 17, 2013 3:54:38 PM

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