Heather Mizeur The upstart progressive candidate in the Democratic primary finished third, just behind Attorney General Doug Gansler. But Mizeur was easily the most innovative, proposing initiatives like using proceeds from legalized pot to pay for universal pre-K, and she succeeded in exciting the progressive base like no statewide candidate in years. Even more impressive, she maintained her positive campaign through the end, increasing her name recognition and leaving a good impression even with Brown, who promised to work with her. No doubt we'll hear more from her in years to come.
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