Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has spent the last decade lobbying at Capitol Hill to drive positive change in Health Care Reform. As the innovative CEO of a company that provides home-based continued medical care; teaches families how to care for their loved ones; and provides vocational training in the medical field, Sheila has seen first-hand the hardship our families are experiencing without access to affordable care. And she’s proud of the work her company has done to tackle the issue. But Sheila’s family is her proudest achievement. Her husband, Corlie McCormick, is the founding member of the McCormick Law Firm where he fights to protect victims of discrimination from illegal and unfair treatment. Together, they have a blended family of two teenage children. But life wasn’t always like this.
Before joining forces with her husband, Sheila was a single mother for twelve years. During that time, she raised her daughter alone while completing course work towards a Master’s in Business Administration and putting herself through law school. And with her daughter’s learning disability, Sheila was told her daughter would never be able to attend a regular school. Out- of- pocket medical expenses piled up. But together, they persisted in the face of adversity.
Sheila is also a first generation American. Her mother moved to the U.S. at the young age of 16 and worked as a maid at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to put herself through college and her father moved from the Dominican Republic after completing medical school. They instilled in her the core values that have guided her as a mother, wife, and business owner: Servant Leadership, Integrity, and Compassion.
While pursuing an education in Political Science at Howard University, her leadership in the Haitian Student Association helped promote awareness and visibility of Haitian history, culture and traditions. She is proud of her culture and will ensure everyone has the right to pursue their American Dream.
Sheila is a proud graduate of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Florida. From 2005 to 2007, she completed extensive coursework toward an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. Prior to, she attended Howard University and obtained a Bachelor of Science. An alumnus of St. Thomas University School of Law, she graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2010. While there, she was the Quarter Finalist in the Federal Bar Association Moot Court Competition, a competitor in the National Criminal Procedure Tournament hosted by University of San Diego School of Law, and was recognized as Best Oralist at the St. Thomas University School of Law Moot Court Competition.
My family is my proudest achievement because they represent everything I was told I could not do. I was told when I got pregnant that I could no longer volunteer in the church —that I became a statistic and would not be able to finish my education. I was told no one would want to marry a single mother. I was told I could not attain the level of success I wanted because I am a black woman. I was told I couldn't have success in my career and have a successful marriage. I couldn't be a Christian wife and simultaneously attain positions higher than my husband. That my daughter would never have the ability to succeed in "regular schools" — much less be in an honors program. Time and time again, I’ve had to prove myself capable of breaking the barriers set before me. And I persisted.
Now, my family is at risk. And our community at large is struggling under the faulty leadership of our incumbent. Hiring family for years on your tax dollars, found guilty of accepting bribes and impeached, and even named the poorest member of Congress owing millions of dollars in legal fees, Representative Hastings is not the person for the job.
I’m being told once again I can’t do this. But enough is enough. We need action. We need leadership who addresses the needs of our diverse community. For the last twenty years, our votes have been sold for campaign contributions. I’m ending the pay-to-play politics that have dominated District 20. I am running this year in the 2018 elections to challenge the status quo and demand better for you and your family.
I have lived my values of Servant Leadership, Integrity, and Compassion everyday. These personal values drove my business to success coming out of the recession; they brought my family piece of mind in the face of hardship; they gave me the life I was told I could never have. It’s time we brought these values to Capitol Hill to fight for:
Affordable Health Care
Access to Quality Education
Student Loan Reform
I hope to earn your vote on the Democratic Ballot on August 28, 2018. I promise to make you proud.