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Sparks Fly As Candidates In County's Marquee State Legislative Race Debate

Kagan, Simmons exchange sharp words over domestic violence legislation

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014
The contenders in the county’s marquee state legislative race this year, Del. Luiz Simmons and former Del. Cheryl Kagan, have been circling each other for months, each suggesting the other is preparing to run a...

Endorsements: For D-17 Senate, Kagan; for D-17 House, Barve, Platt, Sayles

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
For Senate District 17 Progressive Democrats in District 17 face a tough decision in the June 24 primary for Maryland Senate. On many issues, Del. Luiz Simmons and former Del. Cheryl Kagan offer similar views. They both have...

A Candidate Focused on His Day Job

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The 2014 Maryland General Assembly session is now in the record books and the members of the legislature – as well other public officials – can turn either to campaigning for the June primary election or...


Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Gaithersburg Activist and 2010 State Legislative Candidate Dan Campos forwarded me this documents from the the ethics complaint filed against Lou Simmons (D-17, Rockville and Gaithersburg). While the Ethics Committee has...


Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Who should be offered more support from government, victims of domestic abuse – or pit bulls? Most people would almost certainly agree that victims of domestic abuse need more help than a controversial dog breed. But...

Kagan says she can build relationships in Annapolis to help Montgomery

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Former Del. Cheryl Kagan says she brings not just legislative experience, but community experience to her race for the District 17 Senate seat. Kagan, of Rockville, said her knowledge of the issues she cares about...


Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Here is a summary of my ratings of the hottest Senate primaries in Maryland with links to more detailed information on each race. The ratings give my sense of the race when I wrote the profile. Of course, events and new...

Familiar Names Run in Md. District 17

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Cheryl Kagan, left, and Luiz Simmons are running for a 17th District state Senate seat; Susan Hoffmann is running for the House of Delegates. The person Democrats in Maryland’s 17th District choose to replace...


Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Cheryl Kagan and Sen. Jennie Forehand The press release announcing the endorsement of Cheryl Kagan by current Sen. Jennie Forehand surprised me because Kagan challenged Forehand in the last election. People often do not...


Published: Monday, March 3, 2014
District 17 (D): Sen. Jennie Forehand is retiring, so this Rockville-Gaithersburg seat in Montgomery is open. Del. Luiz Simmons, who won this district as a Democrat in 2002 (he previous represented it as a Republican from...

NARAL Endorses Cheryl Kagan For District 17 State Senate

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Source: Maryland Juice

Maryland Juice received the following press release from D17 Senate candidate Cheryl Kagan announcing an endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland.


Jennie Forehand will not run again this year

Longtime lawmaker will end career after nine terms in General Assembly

Published: Friday, January 3, 2014
Source: The Gazette
One of the Maryland General Assembly’s longest-serving members, Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, said this year will be her last as a lawmaker. After 36 years as a lawmaker, Forehand (D-Dist. 17) will not run for re-election...

Montgomery's Forehand retiring from Senate

Published: Friday, January 3, 2014
Source: The Baltimore Sun
State Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, a veteran liberal Democrat from Montgomery County, has announced she will retire from the General Assembly after her current term -- avoiding a certain primary fight. First elected to the...

Forehand says she is retiring as a fierce race for her Montgomery Senate seat takes shape

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Source: The Washington Post
Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery) said Thursday night that she plans to retire when her term ends next year, ending a career in the Maryland legislature that began in 1978. Forehand’s decision did not come as a...

Kagan, Simmons Face Off for District 17 Senate Seat

Published: Monday, December 9, 2013
Source: Rockville Patch
Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons and former Delegate Cheryl Kagan are going after the seat held by one of the longest serving members in the legislature. Former state Delegate Cheryl Kagan has announced her plans to seek the senate...

Kagan vs. Simmons for D17 Senate

Published: Friday, November 22, 2013
Source: Maryland Juice
This week, former Delegate Cheryl Kagan announced her campaign for the District 17 State Senate seat currently held by Jennie Forehand. Notably, D17 Delegate Luiz Simmons recently announced his intention to run for the same...

Kagan, a former delegate, to run for Montgomery Senate seat

Joins Simmons, a current delegate, in Democratic primary race

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Source: The Gazette
Former Maryland Del. Cheryl Kagan will seek the District 17 Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D), joining current Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D) in the 2014 race. The district, which includes Gaithersburg...

Cheryl Kagan announces bid for Maryland Senate seat representing Montgomery County

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Source: The Washington Post
Cheryl Kagan, a former state delegate from Montgomery County, announced Tuesday that she plans to seek the Maryland Senate seat held by Sen. Jennie Forehand, one of the longest-serving members of the legislature. Kagan...

Jockeying Over District 17 Senate Seat Intensifies - Via Social Media

Published: Monday, November 18, 2013
Source: Bethesda Magazine
Just days after Delegate Luiz Simmons formally announced he would seek the District 17 Senate seat in next June’s Democratic primary, the jockeying is intensifying for what may turn out to be the only competitive 2014...

Del. Luiz Simmons to Run for Sen. Jennie Forehand's Seat // PLUS: Delaney Endorses Simmons & Cheryl Kagan Weighs Run

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Maryland Juice received a press release this morning (see below) indicating that Delegate Luiz Simmons will be vacating his District 17 Seat to run for the State Senate seat currently held by Jennie Forehand. Notably,...

Montgomery delegate will seek District 17 Senate seat

Delegate to run for post now held by Forehand

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
After serving four terms in the House of Delegates, Rockville Democrat Luiz R.S. Simmons plans to seek the District 17 Senate seat now held by Sen. Jennie M. Forehand. Simmons said he plans to file for the Senate race...

"I'm in," Luiz Simmons tells supporters of Maryland Senate bid from Montgomery County

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons formally announced Wednesday that he will seek the Maryland Senate seat currently held by Jennie M. Forehand, a fellow Montgomery County Democrat and one of the legislature's longest-serving members. ...

Sen. Forehand eyes reelection in Montgomery, dismissing 'apoplectic' rival

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013
Source: The Washington Post
Maryland Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery), one of the General Assembly’s longest-serving members, survived a tough primary challenge in her last election. She could be in for another one next year. Forehand, 77,...

2014 RUMBLE: Former Del. Cheryl Kagan Blasts Luiz Simmons on Gun Control // Del. Simmons Fights Back with Town Hall

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Source: Maryland Juice
The raging debate over proposed new gun laws in Maryland is quickly becoming a 2014 campaign issue for Democratic Primary candidates. Below we highlight one clear example of a potential contender wielding the proposed...