Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kagan Opens Campaign Office

District 17 Senate candidate Cheryl Kagan has opened an office in Downtown Rockville, a sign of good fund-raising and an escalation of what has already been a vigorous year-long campaign. Following is her press release.


Campaign Marks First Anniversary with Renewed “Clean 17” Challenge

(ROCKVILLE, JUNE 15, 2010) In a vote of confidence for the kind of Smart-Growth development she’s promoting in her campaign, Cheryl Kagan today opened her headquarters on the ground floor of 414 Hungerford Drive (Route 355) in downtown Rockville, just steps from Town Square, County and City government, and the Metro.

“Locating homes and businesses in town saves energy, preserves open space, promotes fitness, and leads to a greater sense of community,” said Kagan, candidate for the State Senate in District 17, which consists of Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Garrett Park. “After setting up the office yesterday, my staff and I were able to walk to Rockville City Hall for the Flag Day ceremony.”

Today is also the campaign’s first anniversary. In the past year, Kagan has knocked on doors and attended community events, meeting with literally thousands of District 17 residents, listening to their ideas and concerns, and sharing her plans for the future.

Kagan has already taken a voluntary step towards reducing the influence of big money in politics by cutting in half the maximum campaign contribution she will accept-- her “Clean Seventeen” pledge. In addition, she has voluntarily closed the so-called LLC loophole. “While it makes raising money a little more challenging, we are including more people in the process, which is healthy for democracy,” said Kagan. She repeated her call that all other candidates in the District join her in this commitment to grass roots fundraising.

Kagan has been endorsed by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and by NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, which called her the “real leader” for reproductive choice in the District 17 race. The Washington Post has called the District 17 contest the “marquee Senate race” and Maryland Politics Watch has consistently named it the #1 Race to Watch.

Kagan represented District 17 for eight years in the Maryland House of Delegates. A Montgomery County native, she has done legislative, political, and nonprofit work at the federal, state, and local level.

More information can be found at www.CherylKagan.org.

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