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Sen. Forehand eyes reelection in Montgomery, dismissing ‘apoplectic’ rival

Maryland Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery), one of the General Assembly’s longest-serving members, survived a tough primary challenge in her last election. She could be in for another one next year.

Forehand, 77, said in an interview this week that she is planning to run again and attributed recent speculation about her possible retirement to “people who want my seat.”

At least two other Democrats are considering the District 17 race: Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Mongtomery) and former delegate Cheryl Kagan, who narrowly lost to Forehand in 2010.

Forehand said Simmons has been “going absolutely apoplectic about wanting to be in the Senate.”

In an interview, Simmons said he is looking at the Senate race but hasn’t made a decision yet. He said he was bewildered by Forehand’s characterization.

“With all due respect, she sounds more apoplectic than me,” Simmons said.

Kagan said it “feels a little early” to make a decision about running again, but she added: “I am getting a lot of calls and a lot of encouragement to run.”

In the 2010 contest, Kagan argued that Forehand had served honorably but that the district, which includes Rockville and Gaithersburg, needed a more aggressive advocate.

Forehand served in the House of Delegates between 1978 and 1994 and has been a member of the Senate since 1995.

She has raised little money for a 2014 re-election bid but said she is now gearing up to do so.

“I’ve got a few more things I’d like to accomplish,” she said. “I’m doing a good job, and I get good reviews from the people who know what I’m doing. I’m in good health, and I’m enthusiastic.”

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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