Broadaway not running for reelection in 2016

Broadaway not running for reelection in 2016

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - State Representative Mary Broadaway announced Tuesday that she will not run for reelection in 2016.

The deadline to file for the primary is Nov. 9.

The primary elections are set for March 1, 2016.

This is the news release that Region 8 News received from Broadaway:

"It has been an honor to serve the people of Paragould and Oak Grove as their citizen-legislator. Despite the extension of term-limits, I have never viewed the position as being permanent."

Mary Broadaway will continue her work in establishing workforce training in a college setting for individuals with intellectual disabilities, known as Building Better Futures. "I was able to craft and pass enabling legislation for this ground breaking program in only two terms, which was faster than anticipated." Once this plan has been fully implemented in the statewide universities and community colleges, Ms. Broadaway may seek higher political office in the future.

Representative Broadaway took office in January, 2013, and will continue to serve until January, 2017. She is currently the chair of the Legislative Joint Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Aging, Children and Military Affairs Committee, Select Committee on House Rules, Legislative Council, Claims Review Committee and Joint Budget. She serves as Vice-Chair on the Autism Task Force. She was previously appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to be a member of the Special Task Force on Tort Reform.

Representative Broadaway was the primary sponsor of 20 enacted laws (not

including technical corrections and appropriations bills), over the last two general sessions. There were only two other House members to accomplish such, during the same time period. She was the only one in her class with 20 enacted laws, despite being a Democrat in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

Representative Broadaway is an attorney with Broadaway & Broadaway, P.A. in Paragould. She graduated Cum Laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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