Best Campaign

City Paper

Harvard historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined the phrase, “well-behaved women seldom make history,” and this year Montgomery County state Del. Heather Mizeur flouted its wisdom. While some of the planks of Mizeur’s platform in this year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Maryland—funding pre-K education with taxes on legalized pot, for instance, or reforming the tax code to favor working families and small businesses over big corporations—are perhaps an affront to the ruling class, Mizeur’s campaign exhibited model behavior, and, even in losing, it definitely made history by opting for public financing to fuel a grassroots progressive movement behind a gay, married woman with impeccable style, grace, and smarts. While her opponents—Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the victor, and Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler—conducted themselves like fighting frat boys, Mizeur was unfailingly polite and positive, confident that voters prefer substance and character over platitudes and mudslinging. Yes, she lost, but the victory gained—that a class act can make history—forged a sterling statewide reputation for a young politician whose time may still yet come.

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