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Maryland congressional map could enable Democrats to go 8-0

It makes the district held by the state’s lone Republican U.S House member, Rep. Andy Harris, more competitive by adding registered Democrats in the 1st Congressional District, which includes the Eastern Shore and is now strongly Republican under the current map. The proposed map would bring some of Harris’ district across the Chesapeake Bay into Anne Arundel County, and it would lean to Democrats’ advantage in the number of registered voters.


Mizeur Raised $1 Million So Far in 2021, Boasting Record for Early Fundraising, Campaign Says

Heather Mizeur (D) has raised more than $1 million in her bid to represent the 1st Congressional District, a figure her campaign says is a record in the district at this point in an election cycle.

Mizeur’s campaign will be reporting $1,048,756 raised so far in the 2021-2022 election cycle when the next Federal Election Commission reports are due Oct. 15, said Noah Habenstreit, Mizeur’s campaign manager.

Rep. Andy Harris one of 12 to vote against Congressional Gold Medal for Capitol Police

“Maybe this shouldn’t surprise us since he refused to acknowledge the outcome of the presidential election…” said [Mizeur] the former state delegate… from 2007 to 2015. “But by any measure, this is an extremist position that disgraces our district. Many of those Capitol Police officers are Marylanders.”

Senator Van Hollen Endorses Mizeur in 1st District House Race

Kent County resident Heather Mizeur has received the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen in her bid to represent Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Congress.

Van Hollen called Mizeur “the bold innovative leader we need in Congress for Maryland’s First District.”

Opinion: Shore Farmers Should Be Priority Partners in Combating Climate Crisis By Heather Mizeur

For far too long, prevailing conventional wisdom has been that environmentalists and farmers will always be at odds over the impact of government policies, oversight, and regulation. It’s time to change that. We need a strategy that supports our farmers as they deal with the negative effects of climate change and one that also supports the agricultural practices that will help address the severe, immediate climate crisis that we all face.


Heather Mizeur says she will unseat Harris in 2022

Maryland congressional candidate Heather Mizeur has a big promise: to finally unseat Rep. Andy Harris in the 2022 election.

Harris, an incumbent who has represented the Eastern Shore for more than a decade, still maintains strong support in the Republican-dominated District 1.

But Mizeur could be the toughest challenger Harris has faced in years.

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GOP Rep. Andy Harris may lose medical license after pushing bogus COVID treatments

Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist by trade, claimed this week that he may lose his medical license after pushing unproven COVID-19 treatments.

The Maryland doctor said during an October radio interview that he had prescribed at least one patient the anti-parasite drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Hoyer Endorses Mizeur In 1st District Race

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D) endorsed Democratic former state delegate Heather R. Mizeur’s 1st District congressional bid Wednesday, and said in a statement that she would be a “major asset” to the state’s congressional delegation if elected.

“During her time in Annapolis, Heather was known as a bold leader who worked tirelessly to tackle our state’s toughest challenges through bringing people together and building consensus,” Hoyer said in a Wednesday statement. “I know Heather’s values, I know her record, and I trust that her first priority in Congress will always be the people of her district.”

A new map gives Democrats a shot on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Mizeur moved to a medicinal-herb farm on the Eastern Shore in Kent County with her clinical-herbalist wife, spent years in self-reflection, started a nonprofit organization focused on healing political divisions with a mantra of “radical love,” and now, she argues, has emerged best-equipped to oust Harris.

Mizeur has raised more than $1 million vs. Harden’s $200,000. Mizeur has raised nearly double what Harris has raised this cycle, although Harris still has $1.3 million on hand.

Josh Kurtz: A Bridge Too Far — Or Not Far Enough?

She also has a unique ability to meet voters where they live, to seek out and see other points of view, and to show tremendous empathy no matter who she’s talking to.

In short, she’s a pretty good politician — not shape-shifting, like some other prominent Maryland politicians, but nimble and open-minded. She grew up in a small Midwestern town. Her dad was a union worker. She’s been a policy analyst on Capitol Hill. She has tried to empower women in politics. She brings all these experiences to bear as she campaigns for Congress.

MIZEUR EDITORIAL: For Rural America, broadband access today is what electricity access was 100 years ago.

Without it, rural communities like those on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and elsewhere can’t compete.

Could Redistricting Unseat Andy Harris?

Incumbent Republican Congressman Andy Harris faces a new district next year inwhich Joe Biden would have been the slight favorite. After Democrats overrode Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s veto, the GOP leader asked the Biden administration to include his party’s case against Democrats in its legal challenge of Texas Republican gerrymandering that could be heard by the Supreme Court.  Meanwhile, the leading Democratic candidate Heather Mizeur believes she has a shot to unseat Harris. Delmarva Public Media’s Don Rush talked with Len Lazarick, founding editor of, about the GOP’s legal prospects and Mizeur’s chances to take back the seat.

Hot Crabs, Hot Politics But Cooler Weather as Tawes Moves to Fall

Harris had his first encounter with Mizeur, a former state delegate, outside the tent of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative. When Mizeur approached the six-term lawmaker to say hello, the two shook hands briefly. She started to say something, but the incumbent quickly spun away from her to speak to others. 

Mizeur recently announced that she has raised more than $1 million in the race. Congressional candidates must file their latest fundraising reports by midnight Friday, and Mizeur said she was looking forward to seeing Harris’ take. 


Harden, Mizeur, Harris talk 2022 campaign at Crisfield Clam Bake and Crab Feast

Heather Mizeur, a former gubernatorial candidate and member of the Maryland House of Delegates, also spoke positively of her campaign progress, saying it was going “incredibly well.” Like Harden, her campaign goal is to beat the district’s Republican incumbent.

“We are on fire and we are going to clobber Andy Harris in the general election,” Mizeur said.

Mizeur has taken strong stances on protecting the environment, both in Maryland and at a national level. Another key feature of her campaign is a plan to ease the digital divide by deploying broadband in rural parts of Maryland — an issue that plagues some of the Shore’s most remote areas.

‘Good riddance’: Democrats rejoice Confederate Talbot Boys statue leaving Eastern Shore

The Talbot County Democratic Central Committee and Heather Mizeur, a Democrat running for Congress in a district that encompasses the Eastern Shore, also welcomed the vote.

“Tonight is a momentous evening on the Eastern Shore as the Talbot County Council took the long overdue step of removing the Talbot Boys shrine to the Confederacy outside the county courthouse,” Mizeur said of the Sept. 14 vote. “This memorial, like all Confederate monuments, elevates and idolizes those who were complicit in our country’s original sin of slavery and is not welcome here.”

Mizeur campaign launches community service effort

“Campaigns shouldn’t solely be about winning elections — we have the opportunity here to use our considerable reach and grassroots power to do good in our communities, and that’s what the Mizeur Volunteer Corps is all about,” said Mizeur, a democratic candidate for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District.

Heather Mizeur to challenge anti-LGBTQ Md. congressman

“Andy Harris’ actions on that day alone disqualify him to represent Maryland’s 1st district, but since that act of domestic terrorism, unbecoming conduct has become his calling card,” said Mizeur.

The Capitol Riot Pissed Off These People So Much They’re Running for Office

Like so many around the country, Heather Mizeur felt a painful sweep of emotions on January 6 as she watched the U.S. Capitol come under attack—shock, rage, hurt, grief.

Objecting to ‘insurrection’: Andy Harris joins 20 Trump backers in voting against House resolution on police, Jan. 6.

“He stood with Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz in opposing this bill, ignoring the wishes of his constituents. He sides with traitors and insurrectionists, not with law-abiding citizens, and not with our police. We’ve become accustomed to this: Andy Harris represents the absolute fringe of the Republican Party, and it’s a stain on our state and our district,” said Heather Mizeur, former progressive state lawmaker who is running as a Democrat to challenge Harris in 2022.  READ MORE

Mizeur lays out path to defeat Harris in District 1

As part of the Maryland Crab Cake Tour, we are talking about the future of the state and its political imperfections. Heather Mizeur joined Nestor in Chestertown to discuss the track record of Andy Harris and why she is running to defeat him for a seat in Congress. LISTEN

Opinion: More Women’s Voices Needed in Positions of Power

“I’m supporting Heather R. Mizeur running for Congress in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District. If elected, she would be the first woman to represent the 1st District and would be the only woman in Maryland’s congressional delegation.” READ MORE

Mia Mason Endorses Mizeur In 1st District Race

Mason threw her support behind Mizeur in a Tuesday Inside Out LGBT Radio interview, according to a press release.

“I have had a chance to witness Heather Mizeur up close and behind the scenes,” Mason said. “While we were competitors in this primary, she always shared my values of friendship and collaboration together, staying focused on our common goal of defeating Andy Harris and showing me and my wife extraordinary kindness and encouragement.” READ MORE

Heather Mizeur On Why She is Challenging Rep. Andy Harris

LISTEN to this 3-minute clip from Delmarva Public Radio about why Harris is scared of Mizeur’s campaign. Heather quips at the end of the interview: “He should be on the march because I’m going to clobber him in the general election.”


Congressional candidate visits downtown Salisbury, meets with business owners

“Heather Mizeur is running on the Democratic ticket for Maryland’s first congressional district. She took a tour of downtown Salisbury with local elected officials. She says she’s focused on job creation, protecting the environment, supporting schools, raising wages, and advancing health care and equal rights.” WATCH

Checking in on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Trail

“We need to be known for being represented by leaders who come up with innovative policy solutions to our biggest challenges and who are addressing the toxic relationship within the Congress — not by throwing more bombs and promoting additional division, but really looking at how can we come together again to make progress,” Mizeur said in an interview late last month while visiting local businesses.  READ MORE


21 Republicans vote 'no' to awarding gold medal to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6

VIDEO: Watch Heather’s interview on WUSA9 countering Andy Harris’ ridiculous claim that these were not violent insurrectionists who stormed our Capitol on January 6th.


A Maryland Summer Starts With Limits on Its Big Attraction: Crab

Heather Mizeur, a Democrat running for Congress from a district on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, said the Biden administration can help address the labor shortage by authorizing more of the temporary visas. “The seafood industry out here on the shore desperately needs a reliable work force to process the crabs that our watermen harvest,” Ms. Mizeur said in an email.  READ MORE

In First Ad of Campaign, Mizeur Urges End to “Harris Embarrassment”

“Democrat Heather Mizeur, the former state Delegate hoping to unseat Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R), on Tuesday released her first video of the campaign, a two-minute ad that accuses the incumbent of boosting Donald Trump’s “big lie” about the 2020 election. The video highlights Mizeur’s early years, her professional career, and the issues she championed in the General Assembly — and it shows her working with her wife on their Eastern Shore farm. The ad also takes on Harris, a conservative closely aligned with Trump, saying he “clings to old hatreds and new conspiracies.”   READ MORE


In Campaign Mailer, Harris Warns of Mizeur’s Fundraising and Democratic Redistricting Efforts

Harris describes Mizeur as a “prolific fundraiser” hand-picked by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to run against him.

“My Democrat opponent Heather Mizeur outraised me by $100,000 in the last quarter,” the outside of the envelope reads, “Now Democrats are trying to redraw my congressional district to defeat me. If I don’t do this, Maryland will lose its only Republican Congressman.”   READ MORE


Equality PAC endorses three LGBTQ candidates in key congressional races

Mizeur “amassed a decidedly progressive record while also managing to achieve some key bipartisan compromises with her Republican colleagues during her time in the General Assembly.” READ MORE

Mizeur Collects $350K for Congressional Bid

 “As a constituent and a patriot, I know the time has come for a change — not just in who represents us, but how. Our representatives should reflect the very best of who we are.” READ MORE

Election 2022: Heather Mizeur Maps Out Her Campaign for Congress

“But that’s the thing about Mizeur: she looks for common cause, the similarities, not the differences where polar opposites dominate the national conversation, and she’s had lots of experience building those bridges” WATCH VIDEO

Big Redistricting News for MD-01 from The Cook Political Report

Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report recently showed how redistricting could swing the make up of Maryland’s 1st District far more competitive or even leaning Democratic. READ MORE


WNAV radio newsmaker interview with Heather Mizeur

WNAV news interviews Congressional Candidate Heather Mizeur for Maryland’s First District — 26 mins

Mizeur Guest Commentary: Voting Rights Should Not Be a Partisan Issue

Democracy is not guaranteed. It is an experiment – alive and fluid, changing based on the ways that we, the people, show up (or not) to embody it, defend it, work to strengthen it. Our democracy is a brilliant and noble concept, but we have never fully measured up to its calling.   READ MORE….

Harris Calls Resolution to Honor Officers Who Fought Insurrectionists a ‘Stunt’

“By any measure, this is an extremist position that disgraces our district,” [Mizeur] wrote. “Many of those Capitol Police officers are Marylanders. All of them are heroes. Harris is picking sides here, and he has chosen to stand with a violent mob of insurrectionists over those on the front lines who defended his own life that day.” READ MORE

Mizeur Reports Fast Fundraising Start

Broadband access today is what electricity access was 100 years ago. Without it, rural communities like those on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and elsewhere can’t compete.

Heather Mizeur, former Md. state delegate, to challenge Rep. Andy Harris in 2022

to challenge Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, citing the Republican congressman’s behavior in the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol.

After Capitol riot, electoral challenge, 2014 Maryland gubernatorial candidate Mizeur to seek Rep. Andy Harris’ seat

Democrat Heather Mizeur, a former state delegate and 2014 gubernatorial candidate, will seek next year to unseat six-term U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, the lone Republican in Maryland’s congressional delegation.

Why Maryland Democrat Heather Mizeur decided to challenge Republican Rep. Andy Harris after Capitol siege | COMMENTARY

“I heard from many across the political spectrum that they are hungry for an alternative from the embarrassing spectacle they’ve seen play out over the last few weeks,” Mizeur says.

Heather Mizeur announces challenge to Congressman Andy Harris

Mizeur, one of fewer than a dozen out LGBTQ lawmakers to be elected to political office in Maryland, has officially launched her campaign for Congress.

Heather Mizeur to Challenge Congressman Harris

“The events of Jan. 6 have forever changed us, Mizeur said in the video. “Witnessing a treasonous insurrection against the citadel of our democracy, with the express encouragement of those bound by a Constitutional oath to protect it, is an unforgivable betrayal.”

Democrat Heather Mizeur to challenge Eastern Shore Rep. Andy Harris; calls Jan. 6 events ‘domestic terrorism’

Former Democratic State lawmaker, Heather Mizeur has annouced she is running against U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md–1st in the 2022 election.

Mizeur challenging Harris for 1st District

Heather Mizeur wants Eastern Shore residents to be proud of their congressional representative again.

Heather Mizeur announces campaign to challenge Andy Harris

“The events of Jan. 6 have forever changed us. Witnessing a treasonous insurrection against the citadel of our democracy with the express encouragement of those bound by a constitutional oath to protect it, was an unforgivable betrayal.”

Democrat Heather Mizeur Hoping To Oust Rep. Andy Harris In Maryland’s 1st District; Harford County Executive Mulling Primary Challenge

While the election for the seat representing Maryland’s first congressional district in the House of Representatives is nearly two years away, the list of candidates hoping to defeat incumbent Rep. Andy Harris is already beginning to take shape.

Capitol attack, threats not deterring congressional hopefuls

Campaigns grappling with security questions, but recruitment continues

House Dems move to yoke GOP to QAnon

House Democrats are preparing to center their strategy for the far-off midterm elections on a simple, aggressive message: Republicans are the party of QAnon.

Heather Mizeur congressional campaign raises more than $1M

Heather Mizeur has raised more than $1 million in her campaign against anti-LGBTQ Republican Congressman Andy Harris in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District.

“No candidate in #MD01 of either party, incumbent or challenger, has ever hit the $1M milestone this early in the election cycle,” Mizeur tweeted on Oct. 6.

Mizeur: Make child tax credit permanent to help First District residents

“In the First District alone, 125,400 kids will benefit from this change. One of our top national priorities should now be to make this expansion permanent.” READ MORE

Mizeur Brings in More Than $350K, Outraises Harris in New Campaign Finance Reports

“Mizeur raised more than $357,000 since April 1…That’s nearly double the $185,795 Harris raised during the quarter….Since entering the race in January, Mizeur has raised $717,445, according to the Federal Election Commission….Harris has raised $425,122 so far this cycle.” READ MORE