- The Washington Post says "The county would be better served by Cheryl C. Kagan ..."
- Endorsed by the Firefighters and Police as "strong on public safety issues."
- Endorsed by the Sierra Club for my "proven track record" on the environment!
- Endorsed by SEIU as "a strong voice... committed to issues important to working families."
- Endorsed by the B-CC Chamber of Commerce PAC as a business-friendly candidate.
- Endorsed as the "better advocate for the environment" by MD League of Conservation Voters.
- Endorsed by MC NOW for my commitment to "promoting women’s equality."
- Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland as the "real leader" in District 17.
- Endorsed by CASA in Action as a "courageous and effective" advocate for these difficult times.
GRASS ROOTS DONORS LIFT DISTRICT 17 SENATE CHALLENGER KAGAN TO A 3:2 FUNDRAISING ADVANTAGE OVER LONG-TIME INCUMBENTPublished: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:00 am
(Rockville MD, August 17, 2010)—Continuing her record of broad and deep financial support, District 17 State Senate candidate Cheryl Kagan today released a report showing a 3:2 fundraising edge over her incumbent opponent, an advantage built on small donations from individual donors. Kagan’s receipts (excluding in-kind receipts) totaled $37,259 this filing period (January 14 - August 10), while her opponent, 32-year incumbent Jennie Forehand, raised fully one-third less ($23,944.35). Like last year, Kagan received roughly three times as many donations as Forehand.
“As pleased as I am by the total amount donated to my campaign, I am even more proud that it came from my friends and neighbors,” said Kagan, whose district encompasses Rockville, Gaithersburg and Garrett Park. “Returning government to the people is one of the themes of my campaign, and the best place to start is by taking the influence of big money out of politics.”
The average contribution to Kagan’s campaign was $85.26, reflecting her reliance on individual supporters (97.3% of all contributions) over large corporations and PAC’s. (By comparison, Forehand relied on larger donors with an average gift of $153.49.) Two-thirds of Kagan’s contributions have come from Montgomery County, and three-fourths have come from Maryland.
Kagan kicked off her campaign last year with a voluntary “Clean Seventeen” pledge: the maximum donation she accepts is one-half the legal limit. She has returned money that exceeded this self-imposed cap. She has called on all candidates in District 17 to take the pledge, but so far none have joined Kagan in this attempt to lessen the influence of special interests in the political process.
Over the entire campaign cycle, Kagan’s campaign has received an impressive 1,062 donations. Current cash-on-hand as of this report was $96,996.44.
A Montgomery County native and MCPS graduate, Cheryl C. Kagan has spent a lifetime in public service. She represented District 17 in the House of Delegates for eight years, then ran a charitable foundation that awarded millions of dollars to area nonprofits. Twice recognized as one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women,” Cheryl successfully fought for tougher gun laws, helped elect Chris Van Hollen to Congress, and has been a longtime champion of reproductive choice. A Vassar graduate, she’s a professor at Montgomery College and has been a Democratic Party leader and spokesperson. Cheryl’s volunteer community service includes years on the Maryland State Arts Council, Americans for Democratic Action, the Universities at Shady Grove, and the American Jewish Committee. Cheryl lives in Rockville with her husband, David Spitzer.