March 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Report: Mizeur considering run for Mikulski’s Senate seat

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Former state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) is reportedly considering a run to fill retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)’s seat in the U.S. Senate. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A published report indicates former state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) is considering a run to fill the seat that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will vacate once her term expires next year.

Joanna Belanger, who is Mizeur’s former campaign manager, told the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that the Montgomery County Democrat is talking “with the people she needs to consult before mounting such a campaign.”

“She’s definitely not ruling it out,” Belanger told the newspaper.

Mizeur, who is a lesbian, on Wednesday declined to comment to the Washington Blade about the Baltimore Sun report.

Mikulski’s announcement on Monday that she will retire from the U.S. Senate sparked immediate and rampant speculation as to who would potentially seek her seat.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday announced his candidacy to fill Mikulski’s seat. Former Gov. Martin O’Malley the day before said he will not run for the U.S. Senate.

Mizeur ran against then-Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown and then-Attorney General Doug Gansler in last year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary.

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

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