The Gazette: Mizeur kicks off gubernatorial campaign with events across state

Takoma Park delegate stresses importance of service

By Ryan Marshall

Del. Heather Mizeur kicked off her campaign for governor with a series of events across the state emphasizing the importance of service.

The events included a meeting Friday with supporters in Glenarden for which people were asked to bring supplies for a Capitol Heights shelter for women and children, restoring a playground in Silver Spring on Saturday, cleaning up marshlands in Cambridge on Sunday and reading with campers at a summer program in Baltimore on Monday.

At the Silver Spring event, about 30 volunteers braved intense heat to help repaint areas for hopscotch, foursquare and other games at Galway Elementary School, Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park said.

Mizeur, 40, joins a Democratic primary field that includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has chosen Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate. Attorney General Douglas Gansler has said he’ll run, but doesn’t plan to start campaigning formally until the fall.

Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel Del. Ronald George (Dist. 37B) are seeking the Republican nomination.

Craig recently picked Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (Dist. 37B) of Newcomb as his running mate.

Mizeur said she’s emphasizing service in her campaign because community service offers people a chance to talk and work with people they otherwise might not.

One of her focuses in office would be to create a statewide service corps, along with rethinking how Maryland creates jobs and approaches the criminal justice system.

“I think it’s time to fundamentally change the way we do business, how we govern this state,” Mizeur said.

She added that the comment wasn’t intended as a criticism of the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

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