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Md. environmental group sides with Senate challengers

John Wagner

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters issued an early round of endorsements Thursday that included some challengers to incumbent state senators from Montgomery County.

"We're looking for folks, particularly in the Senate, to show real leadership," said Cindy Schwartz, the environmental group's executive director. "We need people we can count on."

Among those passed over by the league was Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery), a 32-year veteran of the legislature. The group instead gave its nod to her Democratic primary rival, former Montgomery delegate Cheryl C. Kagan.

Schwartz described Forehand as "a beautiful human being" but said she had voted the wrong way on a pair of greenhouse gas emissions bills.

The league similarly sided with Del. Karen S. Montgomery, who is challenging Sen. Rona E. Kramer in a Democratic Senate primary. And the league gave its blessing to the Senate primary bid of Del. Saqib Ali, who is challenging Sen. Nancy J. King in another Montgomery district.

Ali was quick to trumpet the endorsement in a news release, saying: "One of the primary reasons I am running for state Senate is to fight for cleaner air and water, smarter growth and a healthier Chesapeake Bay."

The list of nearly 60 endorsements included many incumbents as well, including House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) -- but had some notable omissions. Among them: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert).

Schwartz said her group is not done yet and will bless another batch of candidates in another month or so. Asked about Miller, she said: "He doesn't have a race, so we're not there yet."

The list included two Republicans: Del. Steven R. Schuh (R-Anne Arundel), and Don Alcorn, a farmer who is challenging Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's) in the GOP primary.

The league also endorsed two candidates for statewide office: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Comptroller Peter Franchot (D). Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) had already received its endorsement.

The complete list, as issued by the league on Thursday, is below.

Maryland League of Conservation Voters
2010 Endorsements - June 10, 2010

Statewide candidates

Attorney General Doug Gansler
Comptroller Peter Franchot

Legislative candidates


6 John Olszewski, House

10 Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, House

11 Dan Morhaim, House
11 Dana Stein, House
11 Jon Cardin, House

12B Elizabeth Bobo, House

13 Frank Turner, House
13 Guy Guzzone, House
13 Shane Pendergrass, House

14 Del. Karen Montgomery, Senate, Challenger
14 Anne Kaiser, House

15 Rob Garagiola, Senate
15 Kathleen Dumais, House

16 Brian Frosh, Senate
16 Bill Frick, House
16 Susan Lee, House

17 Former Del. Cheryl Kagen, Senate, Challenger
17 Luiz Simmons, House
17 Kumar Barve, House
17 Jim Gilchrist, House

18 Richard Madaleno, Senate
18 Ana Sol Gutierrez, House
18 Al Carr, House
18 Jeff Waldstreicher, House

19 Mike Lenett, Senate

20 Jamie Raskin, Senate
20 Heather Mizeur, House
20 Sheila Hixson, House
20 Tom Hucker, House

21 Jim Rosapepe, Senate
21 Ben Barnes, House
21 Barbara Frush, House
21 Joseline Peña-Melnyk, House

22 Paul Pinsky, Senate
22 Anne Healey, House
22 Justin Ross, House
22 Tawanna Gaines, House

23A James W. Hubbard, House

26 Veronica Turner, House

30 Michael Busch, House
30 Virginia Clagett, House

31 Steve Schuh, House

32 Pamela Beidle, House

36 Don Alcorn, Senate

38 Del. Jim Mathias, Senate, Challenger in Open Seat

39 Del. Saqib Ali, Senate, Challenger
39 Kirill Reznik, House

40 Shawn Tarrant, House

41 Lisa Gladden, Senate

42 Jim Brochin, Senate
42 Stephen Lafferty, House

43 Joan Carter Conway, Senate
43 Maggie McIntosh, House

44 Keith Haynes, House
44 Melvin Stukes, House

47 David Harrington, Senate
47 Doyle Niemann, House

By John Wagner  |  June 10, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Endorsements are a sham. How do you issue endorsements when the filing deadline is still nearly a month away?? What a joke folks!

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | June 10, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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