Former state Sen. Sue Madison, a Democrat living in Fayetteville, declared on Tuesday (Feb. 18) she is seeking election to the Washington County Quorum Court.
Madison would serve on the Quorum Court with her daughter, Eva, if both win election in November. In addition to her mother’s announcement, Eva Madison, also a Democrat, declared her re-election bid on Tuesday to a third term in District 9.
The Madisons announced their campaign plans in the Quorum Court Room at the Washington County Courthouse, with Eva declaring her plans before introducing her mother.
Sue Madison, who served two two-year terms on the Quorum Court in the early 1990s, said one of her key issues if she wins this election would be to push for a reserve fund to pay for more equipment and material to keep roads clear of snow and ice in winter storms. She also said she wants to work with legislators in finding solutions to overcrowding at the county detention center. One solution might be moving state prisoners out of the county facility more quickly, she said.
(Sue Madison, center, is seen in the photograph accompanying this story just moments before her campaign announcement. Also pictured are Eva Madison, left, and former state Rep. Jim House.)
Sue Madison is running for the District 12 seat held by Quorum Court member Candy Clark, who attended the announcement and declared her support for Madison.
Clark, a Democrat, has chosen not to seek re-election to the Quorum Court and instead is vying for a seat in the state House of Representatives in District 84. The incumbent in that House district, Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, had been a candidate for lieutenant governor before dropping out of the statewide race last week and announcing he would seek re-election in the House district.
The primary election for the legislative and Quorum Court seats is May 20, with the winners from both parties advancing to the Nov. 4 general election.
Neither Madison has an announced opponent, though candidates have until the first week of March to file for office.