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Independent Neal Simon to challenge Cardin in U.S. Senate race

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Potomac businessman Neal Simon, an independent, announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D).  PHOTO BY GLYNIS KAZANJIANIndependent candidate Neal Simon announces his bid for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D).          PHOTO BY GLYNIS KAZANJIAN  A Potomac businessman fed up with partisan politics and a divided country entered the U.S. Senate race this week, backed by a national independent grassroots organization determined to break up the gridlock in Washington by robbing both political parties of their majority.

Bronfman Rothschild CEO and Principal Neal Simon announced his candidacy, after a short exploratory period, in a boutique hotel Tuesday in downtown Rockville, surrounded by about 50 of his friends, family and supporters.

“I’m here today because I believe we should have elected officials who put the best interests of their country ahead of the best interests of their political party,” Simon said. “We are forced to watch as our parties selfishly chip away at our sense of community to drag us deeper into debt without addressing our society’s key economic and social problems.

“Our leaders have stopped working together, stopped listening to each other and they’ve stopped listening to the concerns of working people,” Simon said. “We have a country where Congress works on behalf of special interests while failing to invest in the future of our children.

“This has to change, but it won’t change, it will never change, if we keep electing the same people from the same two parties year after year, over and over again,” Simon said to applause.

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Van Hollen elected to Mikulski's old seat

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Election Night 2016-0293 EditedSenator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) addresses his supporters on election night. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) won the Senate race to succeed outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), who is retiring after 30 years of serving in Congress.

Van Hollen defeated Kathy Szeliga, a Republican who has been a member of the State House of Delegates from Baltimore County since January of 2011, by about 600,000 votes. According to the Maryland Board of Elections, Van Hollen garnered 60 percent of the vote to Szeliga’s 36 percent.

Before a cheering crowd of supporters, Van Hollen, current ranking member of the House budget committee, thanked those gathered at the National Labor College in Silver Spring for “making me your partner in change.”

Referring to the contentious presidential campaign, Van Hollen said, “This election has been different than any others. We have had the character of America at stake.”

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Senate race comes to county during forum

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ROCKVILLE -- On Sunday, the race for Maryland’s open Senate seat came to Montgomery County.

Hoping to familiarize their members with the candidates running for Maryland’s Senate while many are focused instead on the presidential election, B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville invited the top two candidates for Maryland’s open Senate seat.

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Van Hollen, Szeliga win Senate primaries

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Van Hollen holding hands picAt another earlier event, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) joins hands with County Exec. Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Council members Nancy Floreen and George Leventhal. FILE PHOTO. 

BETHESDA – Carrying Montgomery County by 56 percentage points, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) won the Democratic primary for Senate Tuesday night, defeating Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4) and eight other Democrats with 53 percent of the statewide.

On the same night, state Del. Kathy Szeliga (R-7) won the Republican nomination with a plurality by topping 13 other GOP contenders, earning 36 percent of the statewide vote.

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Van Hollen and Edwards pick up endorsements

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Van Hollen holding hands picKENSINGTON – Since Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-8) announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate he says he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from Marylanders including the endorsement of two more county executives last week.

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Senator Mikulski and the ensuing dominoes

Chris Van HollenSenator Barbara Mikulski's announcement that she will not seek re-election for the Senate in the 2016 election has set off a domino effect.  There will undoubtedly be many candidates announcing their candidacy for her Senate seat in the upcoming months and several of them will be highly qualified and quite desirable candidates. 

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