Sen. Grosfeld Won't Run Again
Maryland State Sen. Sharon M. Grosfeld (D), one of the most progressive members of the General Assembly, announced yesterday she will not seek-reelection to a second term.
Grosfeld, who represents District 18, has built a reputation in Annapolis as being a strong advocate for social justice, environmental and woman's rights issues. Grosfeld was the sponsor of a bill this year, which was narrowly defeated, that would have made it easier for women to receive emergency contraception from a pharmacist.
Because she represented solidly-Democratic Chevy Chase, Wheaton and Kensington, Grosfeld appeared likely to be easily re-elected this year. But the 49-year-old attorney said she was "ready to try something new," possibly "on a more international scale."
"I am at a point in life where I will be en empty nester in the fall. Both of my kids will be out of the house and I am still relatively young so perhaps it's time to pursue other interests and avenues," Grosfeld said. "I would like to do more traveling, and I just hope my constituents will feel I have served them ably."
Grosfeld said she would is throwing her support behind Del. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D), who is expected to enter the race to succeed her. If elected, Madaleno would be the first openly gay member of the Senate.
In 1994, Grosfeld was elected to the House of Delegates, where she served two terms before replacing U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md), who ran successfully for Congress, in the Maryland Senate.
Although she missed some Senate votes because she was battling breast cancer, Grosfeld said her "health is now absolutely perfect" and played no role in her decision to retire.
Grosfeld becomes the second senator from Montgomery to announced their retirement. Last month, Sen. Leonard H. Teitelbaum (D), who represents parts of Olney, Aspen Hill and Laytonsville, said he was retiring.
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