October 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Dana Beyer to run for Md. Senate

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Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, on Oct. 26, 2017, announced she is running for the Maryland Senate. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer on Thursday announced she is running for the state Senate.

“I am running to serve my district, my county and state in Annapolis because I believe I can contribute constructively to make Maryland a place that will attract a new generation, with ideas to propel us into national leadership, for the next generation economy,” she wrote in her Huffington Post blog. “My work in the arena of venture capital has enlightened me to the breadth of creativity that awaits state leadership focused on making Maryland an even more welcoming home for the innovative economy of the present and future.”

Beyer in her blog described Maryland as “a powerful blue state, a bastion of liberal democracy.”

She applauded Attorney General Brian Frosh who “has joined with like-minded colleagues to push back against the Muslim ban, in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) residents and against White House corruption and violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.” Beyer did not acknowledge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan by name, but wrote “we need to change that.”

“Government is essentially neighbor helping neighbor, and that is a fair definition of pragmatic progressive politics as well,” wrote Beyer. “During these dark times, it is incumbent on all of us to awaken to the threats to our civil rights and those of our neighbors, but also to the future of our children and grandchildren.”

“We cannot let the nihilists in the White House, and their enablers in Congress and state legislatures across this country, win by default,” she added.

Beyer challenged state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) in the 2014 Democratic primary for his Senate seat.

Madaleno — who is the first openly gay person elected to the General Assembly — has represented the 18th Senate District since 2007. Madaleno is among the Democrats who are running to succeed Hogan as governor.

Beyer would be the first openly transgender person elected to the General Assembly if she wins her race.

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

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  • Another vanity campaign from the ‘retired’ doctor who has more dollars than sense. What will the doc’s slogan be? ‘Make Maryland Robust Again’?

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