April 30, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Mizeur comes in second in Md. gubernatorial straw poll
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Heather (right) and Deborah Mizeur at their Takoma Park home. Heather is contemplating a run for governor. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Maryland state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) on Saturday came in second place in a 2014 gubernatorial straw poll that took place during the Western Maryland Democratic Summit in Hagerstown.

The Washington Post reported the Takoma Park Democrat received 37 votes, compared to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown who received 62 votes. Attorney General Doug Gansler came in third with 25 votes. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman received 17 votes, while Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger came in fifth with one vote.

Less than 150 people voted in the straw poll, but Mizeur told the Washington Blade on Monday she feels it is an indication of the support she said she continues to receive as she mulls a gubernatorial campaign.

“This strong, early show of support from western Marylanders re-affirms what I’ve heard across the state — we love Maryland and are proud to live here, and we want it to be even better,” she said.

Mizeur, who told the Blade in an exclusive interview last November she is “taking a very serious look at” running to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2014, reported in a campaign finance report she filed in January that she raised more than $248,000 for her potential gubernatorial campaign between Jan. 12, 2012, and Jan. 9 of this year. Brown reported he raised $1,247,811.80 in cash and in-kind contributions during the same period, while Gansler netted $1,236,284.96.

Ulman reported he raised $1,139,945.82.

“There’s a real desire for new vision and leadership, and that’s why I’m taking a look at the governor’s race,” Mizeur said.

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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