Maryland Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) has picked up the endorsement of veteran Baltimore City Council member Mary Pat Clarke (D) for her bid for governor next year.
In a statement Monday, Clarke thanked Mizeur for “having the courage” to get into the contest. “Your leadership and values are exactly what Maryland needs at this time, and I’m proud to support you in this race,” Clarke said.
In the June primary, Mizeur faces two better-known and better-funded Democrats, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.
To this point, Brown has dominated the endorsement game, claiming the support of more than half of the Democratic county executives, council members and commissioners across the state, as well as several other high-profile party members.
Gansler, who plans to make his bid official later this month, has focused instead on rolling out policy initiatives.
Clarke has represented a district in north central Baltimore since 2004. Prior to that, she served two separate eight-year stints on the council, including as its first woman president from 1987 to 1995. She ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1995.
Mizeur’s campaign also announced the endorsements of Pastor Delman Coates of Prince George’s County and Sonja Sohn, an activist and actress from Baltimore.
Coates is the senior pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. He appeared in television advertisements last year promoting passage of a ballot measure to allow same-sex marriage in Maryland.
Sohn founded a program that works with at-risk youth involved in criminal activity and played Detective Kima Greggs in the HBO seres “The Wire.”