Recent rumors making the rounds were confirmed Dec. 5 when Democratic District 26 state Sen. Daniel Kagan, a Cherry Hills Village resident, announced his resignation, effective Jan. 11, 2019.
Kagan represented statehouse District 3 from 2009 until 2016, when he was elected to the Senate. He served on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee and the Committee of Legal Services during the past term and sponsored four bills that were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. They included a measure to make the sex offender registration more effective and one concerning the fiduciary responsibilities of title insurance companies to protect funds they hold for others.
Current HD3 Rep. Jeff Bridges is eyeing Kagan’s seat and intends to apply to the vacancy committee that will choose Kagan’s replacement. Bridges who was re-elected last month in a 61 percent to 39 percent split over Republican Toren Mushovic.
The Villager asked Bridges about Kagan as well as his own plans. Bridges said “Sen. Daniel Kagan has been the conscience of the Senate. I’m grateful for his 10 years of legislative service fighting for criminal justice reform, protecting education funding, and working to cut the cost of health care and housing. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to once again follow in [his] footsteps and am honored to announce that I will seek an appointment from the vacancy committee that will select his replacement. I look forward to continue serving the constituents who put their trust in me and elected me by an overwhelming margin, along with new friends and neighbors from the community where I grew up.”
Bridges told The Villager he believes Kagan’s departure is due to a simple desire to retire. Kagan is 65 years old. Of those who might pursue his house seat, Bridges said he has heard John Stone and former GV city council member Meg Froelich. Bridges defeated Froelich in the Democratic primary for HD3 in 2016. He went on to defeat Republican CHV city council member Katy Brown in the general election that November.
The vacancy committee is scheduled to meet Jan. 5, 2019, to choose Kagan’s successor in SD26. Should a vacancy occur in HD3, the committee will reconvene two days later to fill that position.
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