October 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Gansler taps Ivey as running mate
Jolene Ivey, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade

Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s) (Photo public domain)

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler on Monday officially announced state Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s) as his running mate.

“I am proud to stand here beside Doug Gansler and join the effort to get things done for the people of Maryland,” Ivey said during a press conference at High Point High School in Beltsville.

Ivey, a former journalist who worked at two Baltimore television stations in the 1980s, has represented Cheverly and other portions of Prince George’s County near the D.C. border in the state House of Delegates since 2007. She had previously worked for now U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) as his press secretary.

Ivey, whose husband is former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey with whom she has five children, sponsored the same-sex marriage bill that Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law last year. She also sponsored a transgender rights bill the House of Delegates passed in 2011.

Ivey is also the first African-American woman in Maryland to run for lieutenant governor. She would become the first Democratic African-American woman in the country to serve in that office if voters elect her and Gansler in 2014.

“This lieutenant governor understands in her heart and in her soul what it means to stand for human dignity and fairness,” Gansler said. “She will take on discrimination and bias and hate and sexism and homophobia in all its forms.”

Gansler announced Ivey as his running mate less than a month after he formally declared his candidacy to succeed O’Malley.

Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown in June tapped Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who was then running for governor himself, as his running mate. Republican Harford County Executive David Craig in July announced House Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-Talbot) had joined his ticket.

Lesbian state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery) told the Washington Blade on Sunday that she plans to announce her running mate later this year.

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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