Mizeur Introduces Running Mate (Video)
Surrounded by supporters, gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur (D) of Montgomery County introduced Reverend Delman Coates as her lieutenant governor candidate at a campaign rally on Nov. 13 in Silver Spring.
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 and 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.
Mizeur describes Coates as a statewide leader on community engagement and progressive change.
“This isn’t the first time Delman and I have teamed up for a good cause,” Mizeur said in an email. “We worked side-by-side to enact Maryland’s marriage equality law and then to assure its passage by referendum. Unsatisfied with an economic development plan that relied solely on building new casinos, we were vocal champions of a smarter approach that would bring better jobs to every community in our state.”