Mizeur Touts Endorsements, Straw Poll Victory
Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery Co.), a gubernatorial candidate from Maryland seeking to become the first woman governor of the Free State and the first out lesbian governor in the country, won the Progressive Neighbors Straw Poll at the Takoma Park Folk Festival at Takoma Park Middle School on Sunday, and racked up three separate endorsements from elected officials and community leaders in key vote-rich areas.
Mizeur, whose district covers Takoma Park and Silver Spring, won the gubernatorial straw poll on her home turf easily, earning 167 votes, or 82 percent of all votes cast, compared to 23 votes for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and 14 votes for Attorney General Doug Gansler. Progressive Neighbors is a grassroots organization of local activists who support progressive causes like universal health care, affordable housing, public transportation, environmental protection, equality and campaign finance reform, meaning most poll respondents would have more liberal leanings on policy issues.
Following her victory in the poll, Mizeur’s campaign touted the result in a press release, saying the candidate "continues to pick up early strength."
The release from Mizeur’s campaign also touted the endorsement of Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (D-14), the first woman to serve as president of the Baltimore City Council from 1987 to 1995 and a longtime advocate for education and economic fairness. Clarke was the lead sponsor on the nation’s first "Living Wage" law, which was enacted in 1994, and a cosponsor, along with former Councilmember Kweisi Mfume, later a U.S. congressman, of the first Charter amendment aimed at reducing class sizes in Baltimore Public Schools in 1982.
"Thank you Delegate Mizeur for having the courage to get into the race for governor and giving us an exciting choice," Clarke said when announcing her endorsement at a Mizeur campaign "meet-and-greet" event in Baltimore Sunday. "Your leadership and values are exactly what Maryland needs at this time and I’m proud to support you in this race."
Mizeur also won an endorsement from Sonja Sohn, an actress known for her role as Detective Kim Greggs in the HBO show The Wire and the founder and CEO of reWIRED for Change, an outreach program in Baltimore City that seeks to rehabilitate at-risk youth who have been involved in criminal activity.