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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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By Phyllis Jordan  |  April 20, 2006; 4:32 PM ET
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You chose the wrong labels.

Yes, Sen. Grosfeld may vie with Sen. Pinsky for the title of most progressive. But, even among the mostly good people in the Senate, she is approachable, pleasant, and determined but not combative. Her choice not to run is a loss for her district and for the tenor in Annapolis.

And, while you say that Madeleno could be the first openly gay Senator, what may matter most is that he could also be the smartest, hardest-working guy there. No knock on anyone else, but even the leaders have to recognize that he jumps to the front of the line when it comes to understanding the budget, the budget process, and how to win for his district. Geez, if Madeleno, PJ Hogan and Jim Rosapepe are all in the Senate next year there may be a rebalance of budget decisions based on good policy vs. political expediency.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 20, 2006 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, why no blog post on Progressive Maryland endorsing Doug Duncan? It is certainly news when the state's largest grassroots organization, which also happens to be progressive and politically savvy, endorses the guy who isn't the rock star and who is in second place in the polls.

If PM is going to actually work to back up their endorsement this could turn the tide and tighten the race.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 20, 2006 5:48 PM | Report abuse

It may tighten the race, but it won't turn the tide. The Progressive Maryland endorsement is impressive, but it isn't likely to translate into the dollars that Duncan needs to keep his campaign afloat.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 20, 2006 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I was very impressed that Progressive Maryland endorsed Doug! They know a real, progressive candidate when they see one!

Yay Doug! :)

Posted by: Veronica | April 20, 2006 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Although Senator Grosfeld will be missed, she could not have chosen a better man to replace her than Delegate Rich Madaleno who has continually been singled out as one of the most productive members of the House of Delegates in his first term there. Senator Grosfeld and US Representative Christopher Van Hollen, who remarked that "Rich is a terrific candidate" and "would make a great Senator," could not have chosen a better successor. With Rich Madaleno at the top of the ticket, Montgomery County and the State of Maryland will be well-served.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2006 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Who else did Progressive Maryland endorse?

Posted by: Does anyone know | April 21, 2006 2:46 PM | Report abuse

While I wish Ms. Grosfeld well, I was not impressed with her office on my one attempt reaching out to them for constituent assistance on a matter of importance. Van Hollen's office was more responsive and helpful, and they've got bigger fish to fry. I hope Madelano is more responsive.

Posted by: Stefani | September 13, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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