Sample-Hughes wins re-election in District 37A
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.
DEL. SHEREE SAMPLEHUGHES