March 3, 2015 at 10:15 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
O’Malley will not run for Mikulski’s Senate seat

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Former Maryland Gov Martin O’Malley on March 3, 2015, announced he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will vacate after her term ends in 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday said he will not run for the seat that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will vacate once her term expires next year.

“Senator Mikulski has done an outstanding job representing Maryland in the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years,” said O’Malley in a statement. “I am hopeful and confident that very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates for this important office. I will not be one of them.”

O’Malley’s announcement comes a day after Mikulski announced her retirement from the U.S. Senate.

The former governor — who is widely expected to mount a presidential campaign in 2016 — was among those who include Maryland Congressmen Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings and Andy Harris, former Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that observers noted may consider a run for Mikulski’s seat.

“We will have an open Senate seat and that will create some interest,” U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told reporters immediately after Mikulski’s announcement. “We have a great talent pool.”

Some political observers have also speculated that former state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) may also run.

The lesbian Montgomery County Democrat on Monday did not return the Washington Blade’s request for comment.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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