State Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Takoma Park) declared her intentions to run in the 2014 Democratic Primary for Governor Wednesday morning.
If elected, Mizeur will become Maryland’s first female governor and “the nation’s first openly gay governor” according to lgbtqnation.com. “I’m running for governor because I love this state,” Mizeur revealed to The Huffington Post. “I see limitless possibilities on what we can accomplish together.”
As a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Mizeur has passed legislation on health care, job creation and raised funding for public education. According to the Maryland General Assembly website, she has received awards for her accomplishments in health care such as the “State Hero Award” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County and “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” by Daily Record. Before Maryland legalized same-sex marriage in early 2013, Mizeur took an active part in the campaign for marriage equality. Her floor speech on the 2011 debate on the Civil Marriage Protection Act was featured on national LGBT websites such as the Washington Blade.
The nations first gay governor was New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey (D), but he did not come out until after two years of office during a press conference in which he also announced his resignation.
Mizeur will be contending against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and state Attorney General Doug Gansler, with Brown “seeking to be Maryland’s first black governor” according to The Huffington Post. LGBTQ Nation reports that Mizuer “placed second in an April straw poll in western Maryland…and is confident her campaign is building enthusiasm”. University of Maryland political science professor Paul Hernson, told The Huffington Post “the Democratic primary is likely to determine the next governor.”
In an interview with LGBTQ nation, Mizeur said, “We’re building a grassroots campaign that will absolutely have the resources to compete for every vote.”
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.