Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery Co.), seeking to become Maryland's governor – which could give the state its first female governor and the country its first out lesbian governor – has earned the endorsement of Progressive Neighbors, a liberal-leaning grassroots political organization that promotes progressive candidates and causes, such as universal health care, a living wage and campaign-finance reforms.
At this stage, Mizeur is running to win the Democratic nomination in the gubernatorial race. She's competing for that party nod against Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Mizeur won the endorsement of the Takoma Park-based group based on her record since being elected to the House of Delegates in 2006, and on her responses to a Progressive Neighbors questionnaire. According to a statement released by Progressive Neighbors, both Mizeur and Gansler provided ''extensive, thoughtful responses'' to those questionnaires, though Brown declined to submit a questionnaire despite repeated invitations to do so.
The organization noted that the members of the subcommittee reviewing the candidates' responses were unanimous in selecting Mizeur, whom they called ''an accomplished legislator, able to reach across the aisle and bring ideological opponents together in pursuit of common interests.''
''Progressive Neighbors is proud to endorse Delegate Heather Mizeur in her campaign to become the next Governor of Maryland because she is the most progressive candidate in the race,'' reads the organization's statement announcing the endorsement. ''We are a growing organizations proudly advocating a progressive agenda for Maryland and Montgomery County and believe Delegate Mizeur is best qualified to be the Governor to make our progressive future a reality.''
The Maryland gubernatorial election is set for Nov. 4, 2014.