Heather Mizeur

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Heather Mizeur
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Maryland House of Delegates District 20
Former member
In office
2007 - 2015
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolBlue Mound High School
Personal
Date of birthDecember 6, 1972
Place of birthBlue Mound, Illinois
ProfessionFounder/Chief Executive Officer, Mizeur Group
ReligionCatholic
CandidateVerification
Heather R. Mizeur (b. December 6, 1972) is a former Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 20 from 2007 to 2015.

Mizeur was a candidate for Governor of Maryland in 2014.[1] She formally announced her bid to succeed term-limited Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley on July 17, 2013. Mizeur lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. She intended to share a ticket with Prince George pastor Delman Coates, whom she announced as her running-mate for lieutenant governor on Nov. 13, 2013.[2][3] The general election took place November 4, 2014. If she had been victorious, Mizeur would have been the state's first female to hold the governor's office, as well as the country's first openly gay governor.[4]

Maryland state law forbids candidates from running for more than one office in the same electoral cycle, therefore Mizeur's entry into the 2014 gubernatorial race rendered her ineligible to seek re-election to the state House that year.[4]

Biography

Mizeur's professional experience includes working as Government Affairs Advisor of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, Limited Liability Partnership, for Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, LLP, Director of Domestic Policy to U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, and Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Mizeur served on these committees:

  • Appropriations
  • Oversight Committee on Pensions
  • Subcommittee on Capital Budget
  • Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development, Vice Chair

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Mizeur served on these committees:

  • Appropriations
    • Oversight Committee on Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

On July 17, 2013, Mizeur officially announced her candidacy for Governor of Maryland. The seat was open in 2014 because incumbent Martin O'Malley was prevented by term-limits from seeking re-election.[5]

She lost the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary Election
Governor of Maryland, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Brown/Ken Ulman 51.4% 249,398
Douglas Gansler/Jolene Ivey 24.2% 117,383
Heather Mizeur/Delman Coates 21.6% 104,721
Cindy Walsh/Mary Elizabeth Wingate-Pennacchia 1.4% 6,863
Charles Smith/Clarence Tucker 0.7% 3,507
Ralph Jaffe/Freda Jaffe 0.7% 3,221
Total Votes 485,093
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.

Polls

General election
All candidates

General election match-ups
Poll Anthony Brown (D) Larry Hogan (R)Shawn Quinn (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
OnMessage Inc.
(August 18-19, 2014)
45%42%4%9%+/-4.38500
Gonzales Research and Associates
(September 16-23, 2014)
47%43%1%9%+/-3.5805
Washington Post/University of Maryland
(October 2-5, 2014)
47%38%4%11%+/-51,005
Gonzales Research & Marketing
(October 20-24, 2014)
46%44%2%8%+/-3.5822
AVERAGES 46.25% 41.75% 2.75% 9.25% +/-4.1 783
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Major-party candidates

General election: Brown v. Hogan
Poll Anthony Brown Larry HoganUndecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPA Research
(October 19-20, 2014)
42%41%15%+/-4.4500
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
(October 16-23, 2014)
51%38%11%+/-51,086
WPA Research
(October 26-27, 2014)
39%44%14%+/-4.4504
AVERAGES 44% 41% 13.33% +/-4.6 696.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Primary and hypothetical match-ups

Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerHeather MizeurUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Brown-Ulman Internal Poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang
(September 11-15, 2013)
43%21%5%31%+/-4.0608
Gonzales Research/Marketing Strategies Poll
(October 1-14, 2013)
41%21%5%33%+/--403
Baltimore Sun Poll
(February 8-12, 2014)
35%14%10%40%+/-4.4500
Washington Post Poll
(February 13-16, 2014)
32%15%9%39%+/-3.51,002
The Maryland Poll
(April 10-13, 2014)
27%11%8%54%+/-3.17954
WPA Opinion Research
(May 6-7,2014)
34%20%7%40%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 35.33% 17% 7.33% 39.5% +/-1.86 644.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerPeter FranchotKen UlmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
31%18%14%4%33%+/-4.4504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerKen UlmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
37%23%5%33%+/-4.4504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
41%25%34%+/-4.4504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Hypothetical Match-up Brown vs. Hogan
Poll Anthony Brown Larry HoganNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPA Opinion Research
(May 6-7,2014)
42%35%23%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Race background

Democratic nomination

Incumbent Martin O'Malley (D) was prevented by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term in office.

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown officially launched his 2014 gubernatorial campaign on May 10, 2013. If he would have won, Brown would have been the first lieutenant governor (since the lieutenant governor's office was created in 1970) and first black candidate to be elected governor of Maryland.[6][7] O'Malley, with whom Brown shared winning tickets in both the 2006 and 2010 elections, supported Brown as his successor.[8] Brown's lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.[9] Immediately after formalizing their partnership for the 2014 campaign, the Brown-Ulman ticket received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). A number of Cumming's congressional colleagues announced their support soon thereafter, as well as influential branches of SEIU, a major labor union.[10][11][12]

On July 17, 2013, another potentially history-making candidate entered the Democratic primary field to give Brown some competition: Maryland House Delegate Heather Mizeur.[13] Mizeur would have been the first female Governor of Maryland, as well as the country's first openly gay governor, if she had won the general election.[4] Current state attorney general Doug Gansler also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. On Oct. 14, 2013, Gansler selected Prince George County Delegate Jolene Ivey as his lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate. Keeping with the trailblazer theme established earlier by Brown and Mizeur to entice more progressive-leaning voters, the Gansler-Ivey ticket also carried the promise of setting an historical record, statewide and national. After joining Gansler's campaign, Ivey stated, "I am proud to be the first African-American woman to run for lieutenant governor, and when we win, to be the first Democratic African-American woman to be lieutenant governor in our nation's history."[14] Both Gansler and Mizeur lost in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

The Republican ticket of Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford emerged from a field of four potential tickets after the June 24 primary. The winning ticket managed a 14-percent margin of victory over Harford County Executive David Craig and state Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. Hogan and Rutherford were both former appointees of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R).[15]

Campaign issues

Change Maryland inquiry

Republican candidate Larry Hogan was the subject of a complaint to the Maryland State Board of Elections, related to potential assistance of the candidate by Change Maryland. The political communications group, which was created by Hogan in 2011, had been accused of conducting polls and providing resources during Hogan's exploration of a gubernatorial bid. The complaint was filed by David Craig and Ron George, who were defeated by Hogan in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014. The state board dismissed the complaint in July, determining that Hogan likely received assistance from Change Maryland but the board lacked oversight over candidates prior to official filings.[16]

The Maryland Democratic Party filed a new claim regarding Hogan's relationship with Change Maryland on July 24. This complaint alleged that the poll referenced in the earlier complaint cost $10,000, which represented an illegal in-kind contribution to Hogan. Hogan's campaign spokesman, Adam Dubitsky, countered that the Democratic complaint was an effort to distract from changing political fortunes for the party's candidate, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.[17]

Super PAC accusations

The Maryland State Board of Elections received a complaint from Hogan on September 4, alleging coordination between Brown's campaign and a political action committee (PAC) called "One State, One Future." Hogan's filing cited a conflict of interest for Brown consultant Colleen Martin-Lauer, who also consulted with the union-funded PAC. The complaint also pointed to Susan Smith-Bauk, a consultant to lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Ken Ulman who also worked with "One State, One Future." Hogan's campaign manager, Steve Crim, argued at the time of filing that both consultants could not avoid coordination between their different employers based on the nature of their work.[18]

The state board issued guidelines in January 2014 that prohibited communication between super PACs, which could collect unlimited funds for the purpose of advocating a political position or candidates, and political campaigns. These guidelines prevent coordination over "advertising, messaging, strategy, polling, research, or allocation of resources." Hogan's complaint claimed that the Martin-Lauer example was a "blatant example of illegal coordination" because of overlapping interests in fundraising for the campaign and the super PAC.[18]

Campaign finance

Hogan reported three times more cash on hand than Brown in the campaign finance reporting period ending on August 19, 2014. Hogan had $2.4 million in cash on hand, compared to $760,000 for the Brown campaign. The disparity was due to Hogan's commitment to a publicly financed campaign, which meant a single payment of $2.6 million from the state's dedicated campaign finance fund. Hogan could not raise additional money in the campaign, while Brown was capable of raising additional funds by not committing to public financing. Brown reported $1.5 million in contributions from June 9 through August 19.[19]

National figures in the race

As poll results between Brown and Hogan narrowed in October, national political figures toured the state to influence the outcome of the gubernatorial race. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Hillary Clinton made appearances supporting Brown's campaign. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared at three campaign events for Hogan through late October.[20]

Outside groups also spent lavishly on ads during the general election campaign. The Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association invested $1.5 million on TV ads through late October. Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC committed $500,000 to criticize Hogan's endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA). [20]

Endorsements

  • EMILY'S list[21]
  • Maryland National Organization for Women[21]
  • The Sierra Club[21]

Campaign Media


"Walking"

"With us"

2010

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Mizeur successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. She won the second of three seats in the district. No Republicans ran.[22]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 20 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sheila Hixson (D) 23,782
Green check mark transparent.png Heather Mizeur (D) 22,532
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Hucker (D) 22,434

2006

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Heather Mizeur ran for District 20 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the second of three seats, losing to Sheila Hixson but beating Tom Hucker, and John Wrightson.[23]

Heather Mizeur raised $140,490 for her campaign.[24]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 20
Candidates Votes Percent
Sheila Hixson (D) 24,124 32.0%
Heather Mizeur (D) 23,233 30.8%
Tom Hucker (D) 22,704 30.1%
John Wrightson (R) 5,032 6.7%
Write-Ins 266 0.4%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, a year in which Mizeur was up for re-election, she collected $216,137 in donations.[25]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Heather Mizeur's campaign in 2010
Blank$12,000
Matros, Richard$6,000
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$6,000
Ortenzio, Robert A$4,000
Blank$4,000
Total Raised in 2010 $216,137

2006

In 2006, Heather Mizeur collected $140,490 in donations.[26]

Her six largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Coale Cooley Lietz $8,000
Heather Mizeur $7,122
Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters Local 1664 $4,000
Maryland Community Health System $4,000
Phillip Ragon $4,000
Valerie Rogers $4,000

Personal

Mizeur is a member of Women Legislators of Maryland, the Montgomery County Delegation, and is Senior Technical Advisor for the Montgomery County Latino Health Initiative.[27]

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References

  1. The Huffington Post, "Heather Mizeur Running For Governor Of Maryland ," July 17, 2013
  2. Baltimore Sun, "Mizeur makes smart moves as candidate for governor," November 14, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Washington Post, "Del. Heather Mizeur selects the Rev. Delman Coates as running-mate," November 13, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 SoMdNews, "Mizeur makes gubernatorial bid official," July 17, 2013
  5. Washington Blade, "Exclusive: Mizeur eyeing run for Maryland governor," November 14, 2012
  6. WBAL Radio, "Brown Kicks Off Bid for Governor Today," May 10, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Steele Running Against History," August 7, 2005
  8. Washington Blade, "Exclusive: Mizeur eyeing run for Maryland governor," November 14, 2012
  9. The Washington Post, "New candidates to step forward Monday in Maryland’s race for governor," June 2, 2013
  10. Brown-Ulman 2014 Official campaign website, "News: 'SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Endorses Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman,'" September 30, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Mikulski says she's 'ready to get into it' to help elect Anthony Brown as governor," September 22, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, Hoyer to announce support of Brown in Maryland 2014 race for governor, July 17, 2013
  13. The Huffington Post, Heather Mizeur Running For Governor Of Maryland , July 17, 2013
  14. Wbal.com, "Gansler announces runningmate," October 14, 2013
  15. Hogan for Governor, "Meet Boyd," accessed September 8, 2014
  16. The Washington Post, "Md. elections board says group benefited GOP’s Hogan but tosses rivals’ complaint," July 10, 2014
  17. The Washington Post, "Md. Democratic Party files complaint targeting GOP candidate Larry Hogan," July 24, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Washington Post, "Larry Hogan accuses Brown’s campaign of illegally coordinating with a Super PAC," September 8, 2014
  19. Herald-Mail Media, " Public funding gives Hogan lead in campaign money," August 27, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Baltimore Sun, "Maryland's governor race sparks national interest," October 27, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Baltimore Sun, "Sierra Club endorses Mizeur," January 20, 2014
  22. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official general election results," accessed March 4, 2014
  23. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Maryland House of Delegates official election results for 2006," November 23, 2014
  24. Follow the Money, "Mizeur, Heather," accessed March 25, 2014
  25. Follow the Money, "Maryland 2010 - Candidates," accessed March 24, 2014
  26. Follow the Money, "Mizeur, Heather," accessed November 23, 2014
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Heather Mizeur's Biography," accessed March 25, 2014