Dorchester County 2022 Elections
Maryland Senate, District 37: *Naomi Hyman
Naomi Hyman has worked as a professional/adult educator for over 40 years in settings ranging from large corporations to small community-based organizations.
She holds a degree in Political Science and is a certified National Democratic Training Committee trainer as well as a skilled facilitator.
Ms Hyman has over 30 years experience as a volunteer for Democratic initiatives and candidates.
She is currently Vice Chair of the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee.
Ms Hyman grew up in a lower middle-class neighborhood outside of Pittsburgh, the daughter of a small business owner and a homemaker.
She is married with step children and grandchildren. Naomi and her husband have lived in Queen Anne’s and Dorchester Counties and now make their home in Easton.
Maryland House of Delegates, District 36: *Sheree Sample-Hughes (i)
Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes is running to retain her seat representing District 37A in the Maryland House of Delegates. Her tenure started in 2015 and she has served as Speaker ProTem since 2019. She serves on many committees, including the Health and Government Operations Committee and the Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders.
Delegate Sample-Hughes has also served in leadership roles in a number of caucuses in the legislature, including
As Secretary of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland,
on the Executive Committee of the Veteran's Caucus, and
on the Executive Board of the Women Legislators of Maryland.
She also serves on a number of non-legislative committees and commissions, including:
the State Council on Cancer Control
the Rural Maryland Council,
the Board of Directors of the Maryland Patient Safety Center,
the Work Group on Rural Health Care Delivery, andÂ
the Virginia Jones Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Council
Ms. Sample-Hughes has a long track record of public service, serving a list of local organizations too long to cover here, and including the Wicomico County Council from 2006 to 2014.
She is a long time resident of Salisbury, earned a bachelor's degree in public relations from Delaware State University and a master's degree in public administration from Wilmington University. She is married with two children.
Maryland House of Delegates, District 37B:*Susan E. Delean-Botkin (Talbot)
A graduate of Georgetown University, Susan Delean-Botkin has been a nurse practitioner for over 25 years, and a resident of the Eastern Shore for over thirty years.
For the last two decades, she has also been a small business owner, having built a family-oriented, primary care practice - called Family Care of Easton - which, she tells me, draws about 20% of its clientele from Dorchester County!
Ms. Delean-Botkin has been very active in local organizations. She is currently President of the Board of Education in Talbot County and she has also served as:
President of the Oxford Board of Appeals and
President and legislative chair of State Nurse Practitioner
She has 25 years experience working on legislation in health care, education and climate issues both at the state and national levels, and has frequently testified in Annapolis.
She is married with one son, one step daughter, two step sons, and six grandchildren.
Dorchester County County Council
*Jay Leonard Newcomb (i)
*William V. Nichols (i)
*Ricky C. Travers (i)
District 5 - Zia Ashraf
Zia Ashraf is a candidate for Dorchester County Council District 5. In that race, he is running against 3 Republicans and 1 independent.
He is also a candidate for the Dorchester County Democratic Central Committee from that same district.Â In that race, he is running unopposed.
In order to help us with the 2022 election cycle, Mr. Asraf joined the current DCC a couple of months ago and currently supports me as Vice Chair.
Mr. Ashraf graduated from the University of Maryland at Salisbury, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, with three minors in Philosophy, Conflict Analysis Dispute Resolution, and South-Asian studies.
Since then, he has been studying at Delaware Law School. This summer, he has a job at the Chester County (PA) District Attorney’s Office where he is doing legal research and writing appellate briefs.
He is passionate about politics. Only 24 years old, he has already interned with multiple state and federal agencies including Maryland Lieutenant Governor Office, Maryland Secretary of State Office, and United States House of Representatives.
Register of Wills. *Terry Dayton Wheatley (i)
The Honorable Teresa (Terry) D. Wheatley was appointed Register of Wills for Dorchester County in November 2020 when the Judges of the Orphan's Court appointed her to replace Doris Lewis, a beloved Dorchester Democrat. Fortunately, Mrs. Wheatley had worked in that office almost 20 years at that point, and was as well prepared as one could have been for the challenges of the pandemic.
Previous to her tenure in the Register of Wills office, Mrs Wheatly gained years of professional administrative and legal experience.
At the age of 17, she went to work in the Law Office of Senator Frederick C. Malkus as a legal secretary and later an Administrative Assistant in his Annapolis office.Â
After 23 plus years with Mr. Malkus she went to work for the Law Office of Wilson & Collison (now Judge Brett W. Wilson and Robert S. Collison) for 3 years with emphasis in probate/real estate work.
Mrs. Wheatley is a pillar of Dorchester’s Democratic party.
Orphans’ Court District 1
*George Robert Ames, Jr. (i)
Orphans’ Court District 2