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Feminist Majority Endorses Heather Mizeur in Race for Maryland Governor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Feminist Majority announced today its support for Del. Heather Mizeur in her bid to become governor of Maryland. Mizeur is an established state leader who fights for women’s and human rights, health care access and education. If elected, Mizeur will become Maryland’s first woman governor and the first openly gay governor in the nation.

Mizeur, a state delegate representing Montgomery County, is running one of the most progressive 2014 election campaigns in the country. A staunch protector of women’s reproductive rights, Mizeur has been a leading force on expanding health care, creating new jobs and securing marriage rights for same-sex couples in Maryland.

“Maryland has a chance to make history by electing Heather Mizeur,” said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. “I am extremely impressed with Heather’s leadership in the General Assembly. If elected as governor, she will surely win advancements for Maryland’s women, working families, young people and members of the LGBT community.”

In 2008, Mizeur sponsored and passed the nation’s first-ever Kids First Act, which targeted 100,000 minors who were eligible for but not enrolled in public health coverage. In 2009, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and to a White House health reform advisory group. She sponsored and passed in 2011 the Family Planning Works Act to expand Medicaid family planning services to nearly 35,000 additional low-income Maryland women.

Mizeur has been called the “Maryland Health Care Hero” by the Daily Record and “one of the leading environmental advocates in the General Assembly” by the Baltimore Sun. She received NARAL’s Choice Advocate Award, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County’s State Hero Award and the Maryland Association of Resources for Family and Youth’s Legislator of the Year Award.

Mizeur, in addition to Feminist Majority, has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, Maryland NOW, National NOW and Women’s Campaign Fund.