Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Delegate Heather Mizeur Chooses Pastor Delman Coates of Prince George's as Her Running Mate for Governor in 2014

UPDATE: Delegate Heather Mizeur's campaign made the selection of Pastor Delman Coates official today, with a press release about the newly formed gubernatorial ticket (excerpt below):

Mizeur to Introduce Rev. Delman Coates As Lieutenant Governor Candidate

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Later today, Heather Mizeur, Democratic candidate for governor, will introduce Reverend Delman Coates as her lieutenant governor candidate at a campaign rally in Silver Spring. They will be joined by their families, supporters and several endorsers....

Rev. Delman Coates:

Coates has served as the Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, since 2004. Under his leadership the congregation has grown from 1,800 to 8,000 members. His work at Mt. Ennon includes numerous community outreach programs, including clothing and food drives for the needy, support groups, and health & wellness education programming.

Nationally known for his work on social justice and combating inequalities, Coates is an outspoken champion on a range of progressive issues, including health care, the Voting Rights Act, immigration reform, and foreclosure protection.

In addition to playing a significant role in the 2012 campaign for marriage equality in Maryland, Coates works on a national level with African American leaders and congregations around the country to raise awareness and rally support for marriage equality, common sense gun reform, and fair voting rights and other civil rights issues.

Coates and his wife Yolanda have two sons, ages ten and seven, and four-year-old twin girls.

ORIGINAL BLOG POST: The Washington Post's John Wagner has the scoop: Delegate Heather Mizeur has chosen Pastor Delman Coates of Prince George's County to run as her Lt. Governor in next year's gubernatorial primary:
WASHINGTON POST:  Maryland Democratic hopeful Heather R. Mizeur plans to name Delman Coates, a Prince George’s County minister and outspoken proponent of same-sex marriage, as her running mate on Wednesday, according to a person close to the campaign.

Coates, 40, is senior pastor of the 8,000-member Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, and he has been an advocate of several progressive causes, including expanded access to health care, voting rights and immigration reform....

Coates, however, became something of a celebrity in Maryland political circles in 2012, when he testified alongside O’Malley in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.... Mizeur and Coates have also worked together in opposition to expanded gambling, arguing that Maryland should put a greater priority on cultivating more cutting-edge industries....

This is a bit of an unconventional choice. What do you think, readers?

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