Cheryl Kagan is running for Maryland State Senate in District 17. Cheryl served 8 years as an elected member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 17.
Cheryl ran for this seat in 2010. She was endorsed by The Washington Post, the environmental community, NARAL, SEIU, the firefighters, and many other influential advocacy groups, ultimately finishing just 300+ votes shy of victory. For this election, Cheryl has won an even more prized endorsement: That of her former opponent, the now-retiring Senator. Cheryl's opponent this year is a current state Delegate who first served in the state House in the 1970s as a Republican, and in his current stint in the legislature has resisted legislation making it easier for victims of domestic violence to get protection orders.
Cheryl currently works as the Director of Community Engagement for BBYO, a 90-year old Jewish teen leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy organization. She has also served as an appointee to the Maryland State Arts Council, the Charter Review Commission, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.