April 10, 2015 at 11:06 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Mizeur will not run for Mikulski’s Senate seat

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Former Maryland state Del. Heather Mizeur on April 8, 2015, announced she will not run for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)’s seat. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Former Maryland state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) this week announced that she will not run for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)’s seat.

“My deep personal regard for Barbara Mikulski and the legacy she has built serving Maryland in the United States Senate — combined with so much encouragement from so many of you — gave me real pause to consider what an honor it would be to carry on her great work,” wrote the Montgomery County Democrat and 2014 gubernatorial candidate on her Facebook page on Wednesday. “Ultimately, I have to listen to my inner voice telling me that I am not ready to embark so soon on another grueling statewide campaign for public office. I am still rebuilding my capacity to give of myself in such a big way again.”

The Baltimore Sun last month reported that Mizeur was considering a run for Mikulski’s seat.

Mizeur in her Facebook post to her supporters wrote “words cannot thank you enough for having such faith in me.”

“I ask that you keep that fire ready for a future contest where we are both ready to jump in with all we have to give,” she wrote.

Mizeur’s announcement comes slightly more than two months after Mikulski announced she will retire from the U.S. Senate once her term ends in 2016.

U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.) have already formally announced their candidacies to fill the long-time incumbent’s seat. Chrysovalantis Kefalas, a gay Republican who was former Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s legal counsel, told the Washington Blade last month that he is considering a run to succeed Mikulski.

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley — a likely 2016 presidential candidate — in March announced he will not run for Mikulski’s seat.

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

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