LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 1, 2017) – On Tuesday, Susan Inman announced her candidacy for Secretary of State. Inman said her experience overseeing elections will help protect Arkansans voting rights.
“Protecting Arkansans’ voting rights will be my top priority as Secretary of State, and I’ll fight any attempt to restrict our right to vote,” Inman said. “Voter suppression is a real threat and our next Secretary of State must be ready to fight any efforts to make it harder to vote. I’m the only candidate with a record of overseeing elections and protecting voting rights. I’ll put that experience to work for Arkansans as their next Secretary of State.”
Inman served as Director of Elections for former Secretary of State Sharon Priest and was the Pulaski County Election Director for 13 years. Prior, she served as the Supervisor of the Civil/Criminal Division of the Pulaski County Circuit Clerk's Office. She has served as both a county election commissioner and a state election commissioner and has more than 25 years of experience in state and county government.
Inman was recently named the 2017 Gressie Carnes Democratic Woman of the Year by the Democratic Party of Arkansas. She received the 2004 Public Servant of the Year Award from the Arkansas Disability Coalition and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XVIII.
As an appointee of the U.S. Department of State, Inman monitored and observed more than a dozen elections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia over the last 15 years.
“I’ve seen first-hand how other nations attempt to restrict voting rights.” Inman said, “For our democracy to continue to thrive we must have more people voting, not less. As Secretary of State I’ll work to implement new policies to increase voter participation, such as allowing for automatic registration, expanding the use of voting by mail and increasing polling access for voters with disabilities.”
In 2009, Inman organized the first association for County Election Commissions in the State of Arkansas and was elected its President. In 2011, she wrote and published, “A How-to Handbook for County Election Commissioners” that was distributed to officials statewide.
Inman was married to the late George Inman Sr. She has two sons, George and William, and three grandsons. After graduating from Hall High School, she attended the University of Central Arkansas (Arkansas State Teacher’s College) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Susan is seeking the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State. The Democratic primary is in May, 2018.