After she lost the 2014 Maryland Democratic primary as a candidate for governor, Heather Mizeur, a former state delegate, said she did not intend to run for public office again. But, as a resident of the 1st congressional district, her representative is Republican Andy Harris, and his recent actions have pushed Mizeur to return to the campaign trail.
On Thursday, Mizeur, a 48-year-old liberal who lives on a 34-acre farm on the Eastern Shore, launched a campaign for the 2022 Democratic nomination to challenge Harris for the House seat he has held since January 2011.
The state’s only Republican in Congress, Harris is a Freedom Caucus conservative who wins elections easily in a gerrymandered district that runs from Ocean City to Carroll County. Heavily Republican, it is the only Maryland district that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 and 2020, and Harris even eclipsed Trump’s popularity in November, winning 14,000 more votes than the now-former president did.
If Mizeur manages to get the Democratic nomination, her battle to unseat Harris will be uphill — even if the looming decennial redistricting makes the 1st District more politically balanced and competitive in 2022.
Why is she taking this on?
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