Campaign Blog: Lenace's Story

Yesterday, I had another opportunity to hear Heather speak with a group of Prince George’s County residents in Mount Rainier. As she began to tell them why she is the best candidate for governor, I was reminded of the first time I met Heather.  During the 2012 election cycle, Heather came and spoke to our congregation at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church and explained why she was against bringing a casino to the National Harbor. Although her speech was quite convincing and eloquently delivered, I couldn’t understand why a Montgomery County Delegate was so passionate about an issue that did not directly affect her constituents.

After interning for Heather for eight months now, I understand completely.

Like the many individuals who were captivated by her moving speech last night, I understand just how committed Heather truly is to the overall prosperity of Maryland.  It doesn’t matter to her if Montgomery County has some of the best schools in the nation if schools in Baltimore City are in worse conditions than some prisons. She wants all of our students to have access to quality education. She wants all of our children to never see the inside of a prison cell. It doesn’t matter what county in Maryland you may reside in or how much income you earn, we are all equally important. And when she is governor, I know that every decision she makes will be in the best interest of all Marylanders.

On August 29, 2005, one of the most destructive hurricanes completely devastated my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. I watched the familiar faces beg for help on television, just days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. I was saddened because the state and federal government failed my community. However, I was also inspired. I was inspired to become a leader and advocate for those who are so often forgotten.

As a senior at the University of Maryland, I would have never imagined that I would get the opportunity to work with so many amazing people who dedicate their time to ensuring that in 2014, Maryland elects the absolute best person for the job. It is my hope that one day I will be able to take the same passion, courage, and leadership that I have learned from Heather and use it to help my hometown.  

This blog post was written by Lenace Edwards, a political intern for Friends of Heather Mizeur who currently attends the University of Maryland, College Park.