Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur during an event last month announcing her running mate, Delman Coates. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Maryland Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) got some national exposure Wednesday for her gubernatorial campaign during a segment on MSNBC.

Mizeur was introduced as a “dark-horse candidate” on “Jansing & Co,” and given a platform to talk about her support for legalizing marijuana, expanding pre-kindergarten education, raising the minimum wage, and public financing of campaigns.

“People are excited about my candidacy in Maryland because I am an unapologetic progressive,” Mizeur told host Chris Jansing, adding that she is willing to take risks in her campaign.

Mizeur also noted that she is openly gay and put in a plug for her running mate, Delman Coates, a Prince George’s minister.

“In the past, that would seem like a very odd pairing,” said Mizeur, adding that both she and her lieutenant governor candidate are civil-rights activists.

Mizeur faces two better-known and better-financed candidates in the June Democratic primary: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.