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After spending months exploring a run and raising money, Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery) said Wednesday that she’s formally making a run for governor.

Mizeur, 40, a two-term delegate and former Takoma Park council member, announced her decision in an email to supporters. If elected, she will be Maryland’s first female governor and the country’s first openly gay governor.

Mizeur said in a statement that she is running because she wants to see the state live up to its full potential rather than settle for what’s “good enough.” She said her campaign will be run in communities, working side-by-side with neighbors, and won’t just be about holding rallies and giving speeches.

The campaign has several house parties and service projects scheduled for the remainder of the summer.

Mizeur and her wife, Deborah, own an organic herb farm in Chestertown, which is on the Eastern Shore. She also runs The Mizeur Group, a political consulting firm, and spent time working on Capitol Hill, including as a domestic policy adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Running for governor means Mizeur will have to give up her delegate seat because candidates cannot run for more than one office.

Mizeur joins a primary race that already includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has chosen Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as a running mate. Attorney General Douglas Gansler has said he’ll run but won’t formally begin campaigning until the fall.

Mizeur’s announcement did not name a running mate.

Republican candidates include Harford County Executive David Craig, who just tapped Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-Mid-Shore) as his running mate, and Anne Arundel County Del. Ronald George (R).