WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, put Heather Mizeur, candidate for governor of Maryland, “On the List.”
The EMILY’s List community now stands at three million members. “On the List” is a way to make sure that EMILY’s List members can engage with and support promising candidates all across the country even earlier in the election cycle. By putting these women “On the List,” EMILY’s List is ensuring that they have access to this powerful network of supporters.
"Heather Mizeur is a progressive powerhouse who will fight for the rights of Maryland's women and working families from day one,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Heather is poised to be the first elected openly gay governor in the country and the first woman to serve as governor in The Free State. The EMILY’s List community—now three million members strong—is excited about this glass-ceiling breaker.”
Heather Mizeur’s start in politics began at as a young child, when she spent time on picket lines with her father, a welder and member of the United Auto Workers. Growing up, she worked in the cornfields to earn money for her college education. Heather was former-Senator John Kerry’s Domestic Policy Director from 2003 to 2006, and she developed the health care and disabilities platform and was Maryland State Director for his 2004 presidential campaign. She served on Takoma Park City Council from 2003 to 2005, was elected to the Democratic National Committee in 2005, and has served in the Maryland State House of Delegates since 2006. During her time in the House of Delegates, Heather spearheaded successful efforts to allow young adults to stay on their family’s insurance plans until they turn 25, to help enroll Maryland minors who were eligible for public health coverage, and to invest in Maryland’s rapidly growing industry nanobiotechnology industry. President Obama appointed Heather to the Executive Committee of the DNC and to the State Legislators for Health Reform Task Force in 2009. Heather fought to increase low-income women’s access to Medicaid family planning services. She also sponsored and championed key legislation that enhanced transparency in state government. Heather stands to be the first openly gay candidate elected governor in the United States as well as the first female governor in Maryland’s history. Heather and her wife, Deborah, own a small business in Silver Spring and a farm on the Eastern Shore, and live in Takoma Park.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 28 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 8,000 women to run, worked to elect 102 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.