Talbot County Board of Education President and 20-year Easton small business leader Susan Delean-Botkin of Oxford is running for a District 37B Maryland House of Delegates seat on a moderate Democratic Party platform. She is the only candidate for 37B Delegate from Talbot County.
The long-time nurse practitioner and small business leader has successfully provided family healthcare on the Mid Shore for 25 years and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills as a state association chair, as a spokesperson for the nursing profession as well as serving in numerous local church, community and social roles. Her practice, FamilyCare of Easton has won national recognition as an effective and innovative health care provider. She has volunteered in medical missions to Haiti, Guatemala and to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
Delean-Botkin is passionate about ensuring that the health care needs of all District 37B patients are met by the healthcare community and that all patients have access to cost effective, comprehensive health coverage. She is particularly sensitive to the needs of our Seniors and Veterans. She is equally adamant that public education on the Eastern Shore receives the strongest possible support from state and county sources. She believes “Investment in education is an investment in the future prosperity of the Shore and we simply cannot allow our children to take a back seat to other states and other parts of Maryland.”
Having numerous farmer families and watermen as patients over the years has made her very much aware of the special needs of these hard-working men and women and she is committed to represent their interests in Annapolis. She is also dedicated to a moderate policy of conscientious economic development, assuring qualitative environmental improvement and business development, following through with high-speed internet throughout District 37B.
Delean-Botkin is committed to the incremental process of using renewable energy. She understands that areas such as the Eastern Shore are among the most vulnerable to rising water levels and this environmental issue cannot be ignored or underplayed.
With environmental issues urgently impacting the quality of life in District 37B, which relies so much on farming, aquaculture, recreation and tourism industries, she understands the need to ensure our land and water resources are protected now and for future generations. This includes dealing with water treatment issues for housing developments as well as septic problems in rural areas.
She believes its time for the Eastern Shore delegates work to ensure our area receives the full benefits of this state’s budget resources to allow for the full support for public education, healthcare, health insurance, infrastructure, the environment and renewable energy opportunities. She is optimistic that looking open-mindedly to the future will be far more productive than looking backward with old fashioned solutions for the rapidly changing challenges of today.