Sam­ple-Hughes wins re-elec­tion in District 37A

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — Del. Sheree Sam­ple-Hughes, D-37A, earned a sec­ond term in the Mary­land

House of Del­e­gates with a con­vinc­ing gen­eral elec­tion vic­tory over Repub­li­can chal­lenger

Frank Cooke of Cam­bridge Tues­day, Nov. 6.

Sam­ple-Hughes gar­nered 6,989 votes (68.8 per­cent) to Cooke’s 3,192 votes (31.3 per­cent) in the district, which in­cludes parts of Dorch­ester County along with Wi­comico County.

“It is an amaz­ing feel­ing,” Sam­ple-Hughes said. “I will con­tinue rep­re­sent District 37A in An­napo­lis with ethics and in­tegrity while be­ing their voice.

“Thank you to the com­mu­nity for their sup­port. I’m ex­cited to con­tin­u­ing work- ing for the district. We have done a lot but we have a lot more to do.”

Sam­ple-Hughes be­came the first Africa-Amer­i­can wo­man to serve on the Wi­comico County Coun­cil when she was elected to the District 1 seat in 2006. She was re-elected in 2010. Then she was elected to the District 37A seat in 2014.

“I cer­tainly want to con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for peo­ple and show them dif­fer­ent re­sources that are avail­able,” she said dur­ing her re-elec­tion cam­paign. “I want to make sure we have the fund­ing here in our com­mu­nity on the Eastern Shore that can sup­port items such as ex­pan­sion of pre-K and ad­di­tional health care re­sources. Those things are im­por­tant to me, and I’ll con­tinue to fight for those.

“I want to keep Mary­lan­ders in­formed. It is very im­por­tant to pro­vide peo­ple the tools to let them ad­vo­cate for them­selves. I have al­ways had district meet­ings in the com­mu­nity to bring the in­for­ma­tion to the cit­i­zens. That is been ben­e­fi­cial to them as to know who to con­tact when there is a pub­lic works is­sue or some­thing of that na­ture.”

Sam­ple-Hughes said she is proud to see the new West Sal­is­bury El­e­men­tary School open in Septem­ber, and she looks for­ward to the open­ing of new North Dorch­ester High School in Septem­ber 2019.

“I’m go­ing to be right there at the pub­lic works com­mit­tee con­stantly say­ing this is what needs to hap­pen to see the fund­ing through,” she said. “There is still work to be done for ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing.”

Sam­ple-Hughes serves on the Health and Gov­ern­ment Op­er­a­tions Com­mit­tee.

“Serv­ing on that com­mit­tee has cer­tainly height­ened my aware­ness on health care,” she said. “This past ses­sion, I was suc­cess­ful to get a bill passed for Sep­sis aware­ness, which is a chem­i­cal in your blood stream that is killing peo­ple. I look for­ward to work­ing on ma­jor health is­sues, but im­por­tantly, keep my cit­i­zens in­formed as to what is go­ing on so they can have a voice at the ta­ble.

“In the health care arena, there is a lot more that needs to be done. We are con­stantly work­ing to­ward and try­ing to fig­ure out how to re­duce the pre­mium rate with health in­sur­ance and help­ing with Med­i­caid re­im­burse­ments.”

Other com­mit­tees Sam­ple Hughes serves on in­cludes In­sur­ance Sub­com­mit­tee of the Health and Gov­ern­ment Op­er­a­tions Com­mit­tee, Health Oc­cu­pa­tions and Long Term Care Sub­com­mit­tee of the Health and Gov­ern­ment Op­er­a­tions Com­mit­tee, Joint Com­mit­tee on Be­hav­ioral Health and Opi­oid Use Dis­or­ders, Pres­i­dent of the Women Leg­is­la­tors of Mary­land, Fi­nan­cial Sec­re­tary for the Leg­isla­tive Black Cau­cus of Mary­land and Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee for the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Cau­cus.

Sam­ple-Hughes has earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in pub­lic re­la­tions from Delaware State Univer­sity and a mas­ter’s de­gree from Wilm­ing­ton Univer­sity in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion.


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