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Lesbian lawmaker says she wouldmake ‘a good chief executive’
By KEVIN NAFFknaff@washblade.com
Heather Mizeur, a lesbian member of the MarylandHouse of Delegates, said she’s seriously consideringa run for governor in an exclusive interview with theWashington Blade this week.“I’m taking a very serious look at it,” Mizeur said. “Ican’t say for sure what 2014 is going to bring but … Iknow that I would make a good chief executive. I havegood ideas for keeping Maryland moving forward.”A run by Mizeur would mark another key milestonein the LGBT rights movement. If successful, she wouldbe the first to win election as an openly gay candidatefor governor in the country. Former New JerseyGov. Jim McGreevey announced he is gay and thenpromptly resigned from office in 2004 after disclosinghe’d had an extramarital affair with a male adviser.Mizeur said she only recently began thinking of runningand was inspired by the results of last week’s elections.“Right now we’re taking stock of what happenedin the last election,” she said. “It was incredible tosee a big win with Tammy Baldwin being elected thefirst openly gay senator and Kyrsten Sinema makinghistory in Congress. It really has inspired us to keeppushing forward. So, yes, I’m seriously consideringrunning for governor because we need more diversevoices at that level of government.”Mizeur, who turns 40 in December, is a Democratwho represents the 20th District, which includesSilver Spring, Takoma Park, White Oak and otherareas in progressive Montgomery County. She wasfirst elected to the legislature in 2006.Marylanders will elect their next governor inNovember 2014. Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malleyis serving his second and final term. Several high-profile figures are expected to run for the office,including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney GeneralDouglas Gansler, Comptroller Peter Franchot andHoward County Executive Ken Ulman.Mizeur’s potential competitors have a significantadvantage when it comes to cash on hand. Ganslerhas more than $4 million in cash on hand as of anApril report; Ulman had $1.3 million as of June; andBrown had $810,841 according to a January report.Records show Mizeur had about $216,000 in cash onhand, according to a January report.“That’s one of the biggest things I’m weighingin deciding to get in the race,” she said regardingfundraising. “I only started thinking about this racerecently and the other candidates planning to run havebeen planning to do this for a really long time so theyhave a head start in the money chase. I also spent 2012raising money and working on winning Question 6,
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Shakeup leads to hope aboutachieving another LGBT first
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
As President Obama makes his transition to asecond term in office, talk has already begun aboutbuilding on the excitement from Election Daysuccesses for the LGBT community with additionalmilestones: the first-ever appointments of an openlyLGBT Cabinet member and G-20 ambassador.LGBT advocates see the planned exodus of manyhigh-ranking officials from the Obama administrationat the start of the second term as an opportunity forObama to replace officials with high-profile LGBTappointments.Fred Sainz, vice president of communications forthe Human Rights Campaign, said Obama has anopportunity “to represent the diversity of our greatcountry” by appointing qualified LGBT people tohigh public office.“Our community is rightly interested in theCabinet and a G-20 ambassadorship,” Sainz said.“This president has been committed to ensuringthat his administration is inclusive of all Americansand a second term gives him an opportunity tocontinue this progress.”No president has ever appointed an LGBT person
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HEATHER
(right) and
DEBORAH MIZEUR
at their Takoma Parkhome. Heather is contemplating a run for governor.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY 
Mizeur eyeing run for Md. governor
O’Malley 2016?
 
Md. guv talks marriageand higher office. Plus:Who gets credit forapproval of Question 6?
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A gay Cabinet member?
Urban Adventure
 
David von Storch isbringing his lifestyleenterprises to city’sCapitol Riverfront area.
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November 20, 2012
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Whitman-Walker Health is committed to building an inclusive, a rming and healthy community for all, regardless of race, gender, orientation or gender identity.On this
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