Rudy Cane

Delegate Rudy Cane (D-Dorchester)  is retiring after serving in Maryland’s House of Delegates since 1999.

That leaves the Wicomico County Council member Sheree Sample-Hughes as the only candidate in the race for District 37 A.

His decision comes during a temporary absence from the legislative session after getting surgery for issues involving the nerves in his hand an elbow.

Initially, Cane had told Sample-Hughes to run but then after being told by his doctors that he was fit to campaign entered the race for another four year term.

Delegate Rudy Cane contributed $6-thousand to Sheree Sample-Hughes.

The catch?

She is his Democratic primary opponent.

Cane told the Salisbury Daily Times that when he gave her the donation he was in the midst of a personal medical issue and did not plan on running again.

Sample-Hughes said the Cane told her about his illness and asked if she would be willing to run in the District 37A that covers parts of Dorchester and Wicomico Counties.

She said yes and filed papers before Cane got a second opinion saying he would be able to campaign.

Incumbent Rudy Cane will seek another term in the House of Delegates.

The 79-year old Eastern Shore Democrat formally submitted his papers and told the Salisbury Daily Times, “Politics is a part of me.”

But he is getting a challenge from Wicomico County Council member Sheree Sample Hughes who formally entered the race in July.

Observers say expect an uphill battle for her challenge against Cane who outdistanced a 2010 challenge by 80 percent in the primary.