EASTON — Talbot County native and Easton resident Keasha Haythe announced, Wednesday, Dec. 18, her candidacy for the Maryland House of Delegates representing district 37-B, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester and western Wicomico counties.
The Eastern Shore democrat and economic development official is running on a platform of education, economic development, and environment. She would be the first woman African-American representative from that district if elected.
“As an economic development professional for more than 12 years, I know how critical business growth and retention is to our economic success,” Haythe said. “I am dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses owners and will be an advocate for and the voice of business and industry in Annapolis.”
Haythe pledged to work with traditional industries — manufacturing, farming and fishing — to fight for policies and programs that make economic sense for the shore. The former business owner, a proponent that education and economic prosperity go hand-in-hand, also is committed to supporting funding for programs that provide students with clear pathways in business and industry through technical training or college preparation.
“Having a strong, prepared workforce is critical for individual and business growth on the Eastern Shore," she said.
"Keasha is a common sense, proven leader who will fight to protect traditional Eastern Shore values while promoting opportunities for economic growth in our communities," said Cambridge attorney Chris Robinson.
A waterman’s granddaughter, Hatythe grew up in Talbot county and attended public schools.
“We must have a balance of policies that promote environmental stewardship — but don’t threaten our way of life,” she said, “I am committed to tackling environmental restoration by supporting our farmers and waterman. From oyster farming to value added crops, we can and must put them at the top of our food chain.”
Haythe will hold listening sessions within each county she would represent to hear concerns, and discuss her Eastern Shore agenda. Haythe, who had previously run for Talbot County Council in 2010, decided to enter the race after the seat previously held by Jeanne Haddaway, R-37-B-Talbot, opened.
A 1991 graduate of Easton High School, Haythe attends college part-time. She is employed as the director of economic development for Dorchester County, a position she has held for five years. She is the first African-American to head the department. Haythe holds a Certified Economic Development Developer designation, a professional certification of mastery in economic development skills and principles.
Haythe and her husband Marcus live in Easton. They have three children, Marcus Jr. (who serves in the U.S. Army), Miniah and Isaiah. For more information visit KeashaHaythe.com