Add another quality Democratic candidate to the field trying again to take back Republican seats in the GOP-dominated state House of Representatives.
Susan Inman, an elections expert and long-time government employee, has announced as a Democratic candidate for District 32, currently held by Republican Rep. Jim Sorvillo. She was defeated in a race for secretary of state by Republican incumbent Mark Martin.
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She has been director of elections for the secretary of state and in Pulaski County, as well as supervisor of the circuit clerk’s office. She’s served on both the county and state election commissions. She wrote an election handbook used by county officials statewide. From her release:
“I graduated from public schools, as did my sons, and I want my grandchildren to receive the benefits of a quality education which is why I’ll work to strengthen and improve our public schools,” said Inman. “We must also dramatically expand Arkansas’s pre-kindergarten programs so it is available to every child, not just a select few.”
“As a retiree on a fixed income, I understand the difficulties seniors have making ends meet,” said Inman. “Our seniors have financial challenges paying for medicine and housing, not to mention food and utilities. As State Representative I’ll fight to protect our seniors and make sure Arkansas never forgets their struggles.”
The district is in western Little Rock and includes some neighborhoods with strong Democratic leanings. It encompasses, for example, a justice of the peace district where a Democrat has turned back multiple Republican challenges. But two strong Democratic candidates have fallen to Republicans in that district in recent years — Barbara Graves to Rep. Allen Kerr and then John Adams to Sorvillo. Sorvillo comes from the Tea Party end of the spectrum and opposed the private option Medicaid expansion, which might explain Inman’s mention of medical issues.