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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OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
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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at their Takoma Parkhome. Heather is contemplating a run for governor.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Mizeur eyeing run for Md. governor
Md. guv talks marriageand higher ofﬁce. Plus:Who gets credit forapproval of Question 6?
A gay Cabinet member?
David von Storch isbringing his lifestyleenterprises to city’sCapitol Riverfront area.