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Gazette Endorses Susan Lee for Senate

Senator Brian Frosh and former Delegates Marilyn Goldwater and Bill Bronrott strongly endorse Susan Lee for State Senate
Senator Brian Frosh and former Delegates Marilyn Goldwater and Bill Bronrott strongly endorse Susan Lee for State Senate.

On October 8, the Gazette, Maryland;s community newspaper, made their choice clear for the State Senate seat in Maryland’s 16th District: “Susan C. Lee, a Bethesda Democrat, has served three terms in the House. We support her bid for the district’s Senate seat.”

They continued, “She says her priorities in the Senate would be similar to those she worked for in the House: more state money for schools, protecting the environment and supporting mass transit. Lee also has helped fight domestic violence by helping make it easier for victims to get protective orders and worked for stricter gun regulations.”

The Washington Post endorsed Susan Lee for the Democratic primary earlier this year, and the Post’s endorsements for the 2014 general election are due out shortly.

Gazette Highlights Susan Lee’s Record

Susan Lee for Senate

Lee Seeks Move from House to Senate
by Elizabeth Waibel, The Gazette, August 11, 2014.

With 12 years of experience under her belt, Del. Susan C. Lee thinks it’s the right time to represent her district in the Senate.

Lee, a Bethesda Democrat who has served in the House since 2002, said she can use the relationships she has in the House and the work she has done to advance policy goals in the Senate.

“I wanted to use my experience and accomplishments that I’ve gotten over the last 12 years … to build on that track record and do even more in the Senate for my constituents,” she said.

Lee got her chance to run for an open Senate seat in District 16 this year when Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D) of Chevy Chase ran for attorney general.

Lee is the deputy majority whip, serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and chairs the Family Law Committee. She counts among her top accomplishments her work with the women’s legislative caucus to devote funding to rape crisis centers; pass a law to keep people from using mistaken age a defense in child sex crimes; and make kidnapping a child for the purpose of human trafficking a felony.

“This will help prosecutors prosecute” human trafficking, she said.

Lee has also led commissions and task forces on cybersecurity, telemedicine and nanobiotechnology. She said she is considered a leader in passing laws to fight cybercrime and identity theft.

As more health records are stored electronically, she said, large-scale identity theft is a greater risk.

“It’s so easy now with technology to hack into a computer and steal health records,” she said, adding that stolen health records could lead to misdiagnoses and incorrect drug charges.

Cyber innovation also holds promise, however, and Lee said she wants to propose legislation to keep bioscience entrepreneurs in the state. Maryland could give innovators help commercializing their inventions, she said, or by giving tax credits to industries, or simply streamlining state processes that are cumbersome.

Like many legislative hopefuls, Lee expects education funding to continue to be a priority. She said the state can ensure kindergarten through 12th-grade funding and expand prekindergarten funding, as well as keep college affordable.

“We’ve made our tax system fairer, more progressive,” she said. “… We need to cut waste and duplication so that we can streamline processes” in the government, while balancing the budget.

Maryland has an opportunity to build on the innovation already happening in the state as the home to numerous federal agencies as well as science companies and colleges, Lee said, and legislators should prioritize support for those industries.

“We could be the epicenter of cybersecurity, as well as life sciences,” she said. “We could create all sorts of different jobs.”

Lee said she thinks she can do more in the Senate, which is smaller than the House, and forge bipartisan coalitions.

“I’ve worked with [the senators] before, and I know that now that I will be over there, I can work with them even more,” she said.

Susan Lee’s 2014 Legislative Record

Delegate Susan Lee, who has represented District 16 in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2002 and who now is running to represent the District as its next State Senator, completed another legislative session in 2014 with significant accomplishments in the fields of education, cyber security, minimum wage, and preservation of state wetlands. A copy of her 2014 Legislative Session Letter is available on her website.

Among the other bills written or co-sponsored by Susan Lee were bills to support emerging technologies, protect abused and neglected children, and expand the availability of pre-kindergarten.

“I appreciate the input and support received from so many of my constituents in the 16th District this year,” said Delegate Lee. “It has been my privilege to serve each of my Montgomery County neighbors in the Maryland General Assembly.”

The Post and Major Groups Endorse Susan Lee

Delegate Susan Lee for State Senate
Susan Lee and the beautiful Washington Cherry Blossoms

On May 30, 2014, The Washington Post endorsed Susan Lee for State Senate with these words:

“The best candidate to replace Sen. Brian E. Frosh, who is running for state attorney general, is Susan C. Lee, who has represented this district (including parts of Chevy Chase, Bethesda and Potomac) in the House for 12 years and has Mr. Frosh’s endorsement. Ms. Lee has been a leader in responding to the dangers of cybercrime and identity theft and has worked to protect victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.”

Delegate Lee also just received the endorsements of Emily’s List and UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO. She has received the endorsements of dozens of key elected and community leaders in District 16, as well as the endorsements of leading organizations such as:

  • Montgomery County Education Associaton (MCEA – teachers)
  • Maryland State Education Association (MSEA – teachers)
  • Montgomery Public Schools Retirees Association
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Sierra Club Maryland
  • Equality Maryland
  • NARAL Pro Choice Maryland
  • Progressive Maryland
  • Maryland/DC AFL-CIO
  • SEIU, Local 500
  • Brickyard Coalition
  • Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MCVFA)
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35 Montgomery County
  • Montgomery County National Organization of Women PAC (MC NOW)
  • African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County (AADCMC)
  • Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD)
  • Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County (HDC)

“I am honored to be endorsed by The Gazette and by these many distinguished organizations and individuals from District 16,” said Delegate Lee. “I look forward to campaigning on my record and continuing to serve the people of District 16.”

The Gazette and Major Groups Endorse Susan Lee

On May 7, 2014, The Gazette endorsed Susan Lee for State Senate with these words:

“With three terms under her belt in the House, Lee deserves the Democratic nomination for the District 16 Senate seat. Her priorities include those advocated by most Democrats: more state money for education; environmental protection; and mass transit, including the Purple Line and Metrorail. But Lee also has been a leader in efforts to fight domestic violence — helping make it easier for victims to get protective orders — and to enact stricter gun regulations.”

Delegate Lee also has received the endorsements of dozens of key elected and community leaders in District 16, as well as the endorsements of leading organizations such as:

  • Montgomery County Education Associaton (MCEA – teachers)
  • Maryland State Education Association (MSEA – teachers)
  • Montgomery Public Schools Retirees Association
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Sierra Club Maryland
  • Equality Maryland
  • NARAL Pro Choice Maryland
  • Progressive Maryland
  • Maryland/DC AFL-CIO
  • SEIU, Local 500
  • Brickyard Coalition
  • Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MCVFA)
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35 Montgomery County
  • Montgomery County National Organization of Women PAC (MC NOW)
  • African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County (AADCMC)
  • Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD)
  • Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County (HDC)

“I am honored to be endorsed by The Gazette and by these many distinguished organizations and individuals from District 16,” said Delegate Lee. “I look forward to campaigning on my record and continuing to serve the people of District 16.”

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