January 17, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Mizeur raises more than $248,000 in 2012
Heather Mizeur, Deborah Mizeur, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade

Heather (right) and Deborah Mizeur at their Takoma Park home. Heather is contemplating a run for governor. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Maryland campaign finance reports indicate lesbian state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) last year raised more than $248,000 for her potential gubernatorial campaign.

Mizeur said in a press release before filing her campaign finance report with the Maryland State Board of Elections that she raised $155,671 between Nov. 1 and Jan. 9, compared to the $93,976 that Gov. Martin O’Malley took in during the equivalent period before he officially announced his re-election campaign. She also reported $381,249.81 in cash on hand.

Lesbian Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen, former Equality Maryland Executive Director Dan Furmansky, gay Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorf and College Park City Council member Patrick Wojahn are among those who contributed to Mizeur’s political action committee. LPAC Chair Sarah Schmidt and Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts also made contributions.

“In every corner of the state, voters tell me they want a governor with clear ideas for the future and a track record of results,” Mizeur said. “I’m honored that so many are encouraging me to run, and I will never stop working to strengthen our economy, protect our natural resources, and ensure that every Marylander receives equal protections and rights under the law.”

Mizeur told the Washington Blade in an exclusive interview in November she is seriously considering a run to succeed O’Malley in 2014. She would likely face Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

Brown reported he raised $1,247,811.80 in cash and in-kind contributions between Jan. 12, 2012, and Jan. 9, while Gansler netted $1,236,284.96. Ulman raised $1,139,945.82 during the same period.

The three men reported $1,633,397, $5,204,692.03 and $1,139,945.82 in cash on hand respectively.

Republican Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young raised $446,951.86 between May 4, 2012, and Jan. 9. He also reported $341,936.58 in cash on hand.

A campaign finance report for Harford County Executive David R. Craig, who is Young’s likely GOP challenger, was not immediately available.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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