Heather Mizeur Won’t Run for Senate in 2016

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Heather Mizeur
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Heather Mizeur isn’t ready for another big campaign next year.

The progressive delegate from Montgomery County released a statement Wednesday indicating she won’t be running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. She won’t be running for House either.

“…Ultimately, I have to listen to my inner voice telling me that I am not ready to embark so soon on another grueling statewide campaign for public office,” she wrote. “I am still rebuilding my capacity to give of myself in such a big way again.”

While Mizeur retains her popularity in the wake of her strong showing in the last year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, she faced an uphill battle for Senate due to the number of candidates looking to get in. Rep. Donna Edwards is already in the race, and figured to command the progressive mantle. Plus, there are a host of other candidates with statewide name recognition like Chris Van Hollen (who is already in) and Elijah Cummings to contend with.

Mizeur nodded toward the crowded field, calling Maryland’s Democratic bench an “embarrassment of riches.”

“I have confidence we are going to be well served by the talent that is gearing up for the run and I look forward to working with all of you to ensure the best candidate will win and carry forward our progressive agenda in the Congress,” she wrote.



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