SPOTTED: Kagan in the Community!

September 22, 2021

Dear Friend:

I hope you had a wonderful, safe summer with friends and family. While it was fun to see a lot of you on “National Night Out,” I have been focused on fighting for Unemployment Insurance benefits; modernizing Next Generation 9-1-1; addressing COVID woes; supporting our nonprofits; and dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Through it all, I am proud to represent the residents of Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Visiting a Local Nonprofit
I brought Del. Jared Solomon to Interfaith Works (IW) to help distribute food to some of our hungry neighbors. Following that, staff and I showed him the Interfaith Clothing Center. Earlier this year, he and I won funding for a new IW Vocational Center, which will provide valuable coaching for their clients.
Rallying for Voting Rights
My staff and I participated in a rally on Capitol Hill, joining state legislators from around the country. Together, we urged Congress to pass the “For The People Act,” protecting the right to vote for all Americans. Maryland’s own Congressman John Sarbanes is the House sponsor of this legislation.
Applauding Vice President Harris
It was an enormous thrill to attend an event with Vice President Kamala Harris at Howard University! As always, the Vice President was direct, articulate, smart, funny, and passionate. As states are restricting voter rights, she spoke about her commitment to ballot access. In my opinion, we are fortunate to have her helping to lead our nation.
Waving Goodbye for Another 17 Years!
It already feels like so much time has passed since we were bombarded by the Brood X Cicadas. Before they disappeared, I attended a Bethesda Big Train Baseball game where I ate one collected by founder Bruce Adams (after dusting it with OLD BAY® Seasoning, of course!). I earned a historic t-shirt for participating and supporting the team!
Celebrating Our Diverse History
I was delighted to join community and elected leaders to mark the 130th anniversary of Lincoln Park, the historic African-American neighborhood near Rockville Town Center. Even in the rain, it was an honor to be part of the event. You can watch my comments on YouTube.
Gathering with Democratic Go-Getters!
The Maryland Democratic Party hosted a BBQ fundraiser in Bowie. It was a blast to see my friends, colleagues, activists, constituents, and candidates from around the State in person again!!! Big thanks to our Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis, Executive Director Eva Lewis, as well as the wonderful volunteers and generous sponsors for finding a way to safely get us back together.
(Pictured: U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown and Community activist Sally Stolz,
who helped lead the opposition to the proposed widening of I-270)
Supporting Public Safety
National Night Out is always one of my favorite evenings of the year. I love traveling to various neighborhoods; connecting with friends and constituents; and hearing what’s on their minds. This year’s events were even more special since last year’s block parties were canceled. Thanks to the neighbors who organized and hosted these gatherings. Pictured here is Corporal Ken Matney, one of our dedicated police officers, who continues to do a terrific job of community outreach.
Why Widen I-270?
 I testified before both the MD Transportation Authority and the Board of Public Works about the pricey tolls, environmental impact, and other problems with Governor Hogan’s proposed widening of I-270 & I-495. Unfortunately, our efforts did not stop Comptroller Peter Franchot, who cast the swing vote to move forward with Gov. Hogan’s ill-advised plan.
Chatting about 9-1-1
Ever wanted to know more about Maryland’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Commission that I chair? Check out the episode of “What’s Happening MoCo” that I recorded during the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. If you’re really committed, you can watch our 6+ hour Commission Meeting on my YouTube Channel, when we reviewed and voted on proposed legislative recommendations.
Strolling Through the Rockville Arts Festival
VisArts did a beautiful job with the return of the Rockville Arts Festival. For two gloriously sunny days, residents and visitors marveled at the talented artistry and the diverse offerings. I hope you’ll watch for the 2022 event and plan to attend!
Embracing Hispanic Heritage
We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, which offers an opportunity to honor the contributions of our Latinx friends and neighbors. I am very proud to represent such a diverse district. Click here to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.
Did you know? Marylanders 65 and older who live in congregate care settings are eligible for vaccine booster shots. Additionally, any pharmacy or provider may administer these shots without a prescription or doctor’s order to anyone who considers themselves to be immunocompromised. To learn more and make an appointment, click here.
Navigating a Tragedy
Hurricane Ida brought torrential rain and flash floods. I visited Congressional Towers— a flood site that was actually my home for ~4 years. I surveyed the basement, which was devastated and evacuated. I also checked on my former neighbors, now 92 and 95 years old. The elevator wasn’t yet working, so they were trapped in their home. Our First Responders surely saved lives during this catastrophe.
From our wonderful State Treasurer to nonprofits and emergency management, be sure to subscribe and watch my “Kibbitzing with Kagan” podcast! Coming soon– my chats with Democratic candidates for Governor!
Gearing Up for a Big Election Year!
As we prepare for next year’s all-important election, Democrats from Rockville and Gaithersburg gathered to schmooze with activists, electeds, and candidates. Del. Brooke Lierman, my choice for State Comptroller, and Joe Vogel, my candidate for District 17 Delegate, were among those attending the picnic. My remarks and those of the gubernatorial candidates are posted on the District 17 Democratic Club‘s page.
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Cheryl C. Kagan
State Senator, District 17
(Gaithersburg & Rockville)
PS: Each semester, I am proud to award Senatorial Scholarships to deserving students to help them pay for their higher education. Watch me surprise the winners with news of their awards.