September 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Mizeur endorses Van Hollen in U.S. Senate race

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Former Maryland state Del. Heather Mizeur has endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen’s bid to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Former Maryland state Del. Heather Mizeur has endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)

Mizeur on Aug. 26 posted a video to her Facebook page that shows her introducing Van Hollen to her supporters in Baltimore. The Montgomery County Democrat in her introduction said the congressman has “been there when others have not for progressive causes.”

“While other people like to play us versus them politics, Chris and I like to look at how are we going to get this done,” said Mizeur.

Mizeur on Tuesday reiterated her support of Van Hollen.

“Barbara Mikulski has some mighty big shoes to fill and Chris Van Hollen is up for the task,” wrote the Montgomery County Democrat on her Facebook page. “Make a plan to meet up with him in your community to see for yourself what all the excitement is about.”

Mikulski in March announced she will retire from the U.S. Senate once her term ends next year.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards has also declared her candidacy to fill Mikulski’s Senate seat. Chrysovalantis Kefalas, a gay Republican who was former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s legal counsel, has launched an exploratory committee.

Mizeur, who is a lesbian, in April announced she will not run to succeed Mikulski. Former Gov. Martin O’Malley — who is now running for president — on March 3 said that he too would not run for the Democrat’s U.S. Senate seat.

Mizeur ran unsuccessfully against then-Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown and then-Attorney General Doug Gansler in last year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. The former lieutenant governor is among the candidates who are running for Edwards’ seat in Congress.

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

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