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Maryland, State Senate, District 17

Maryland State Senate District 17
Current incumbentCheryl Kagan Democratic Party
Population127,417
Race55.04% White, 18.77% Asian, 13.28% Black, 8.13% Other, 4.34% Two or More Races, 0.39% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.05% Pacific Islander

Maryland's seventeenth state senate district is held by Democratic Senator Cheryl Kagan.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 127,417 civilians reside within Maryland's seventeenth state senate district. Maryland state senators represent an average of 128,180 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,842 residents.

About the office

Members of the Maryland State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Maryland legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Section 9 of Article 3 of the Maryland Constitution states, "A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

If the district which the person has been chosen to represent has been established less than six months prior to the date of his election, then in addition to (1) and (2) above, he shall have resided in the district for as long as it has been established.

A person is eligible to serve as a Senator, if he has attained the age of twenty-five years, or as a Delegate, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years, on the date of his election."

Salaries

State legislators
SalaryPer diem
$50,330/year$106/day for lodging; $47/day for meals.

Vacancies

The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the senate.

The Governor has 30 days after the vacancy to make an appointment based on the recommendations of the political party committee that holds the vacant seat. The political party committee has up to 30 days after the vacancy to submit a list of recommended candidates to the Governor. If the party committee fails to act within the 30 day deadline, the Governor has 15 days to appoint a person from the political party that last held the seat.

The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Maryland State Senate District 17

Incumbent Cheryl Kagan (D) defeated Josephine Wang (R) in the general election for Maryland State Senate District 17 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Cheryl Kagan (D)
79.0
36,147

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Josephine Wang (R)
20.8
9,529
Other/Write-in votes
0.1
62

Total votes: 45,738
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 17

Incumbent Cheryl Kagan advanced from the Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 17 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Cheryl Kagan (D)
100
11,585

Total votes: 11,585
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 17

Josephine Wang advanced from the Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 17 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Josephine Wang (R)
100
1,395

Total votes: 1,395


2014

Elections for the Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Cheryl Kagan defeated Luiz Simmons in the Democratic primary. Steve Zellers was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kagan defeated Zellers in the general election.

Maryland State Senate District 17, General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl Kagan 68.6% 18,526
Republican Steve Zellers 31.4% 8,496
Total Votes 27,022

Maryland State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2014

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl Kagan 54.6% 4,713
Luiz Simmons 45.4% 3,917
Total Votes 8,630

2010

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 6, 2010. Incumbent Jennie Forehand (D) defeated Adol Theo Owen-Williams II (R) in the general election. Forehand defeated Cheryl Kagan in the Democratic primary. Owen-Williams was unopposed in the Republican primary.

Maryland State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennie Forehand Incumbent 73.4% 23,508
Republican Adol Theo Owen-Williams II 26.6% 8,535
Total Votes 32,043

Maryland State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2010

Campaign contributions

From 2002 to 2014, candidates for Maryland State Senate District 17 raised a total of $784,417. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $60,340 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State Senate District 17

Year Amount Candidates Average
2014 $400,986 3 $133,662
2012 $211 1 $211
2010 $217,799 3 $72,600
2008 $10,651 1 $10,651
2006 $56,285 1 $56,285
2004 $41,230 1 $41,230
2002 $57,255 3 $19,085
Total $784,417 13 $60,340