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Roan says she won’t seek re-election

Published 11:50am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sue Baker Roan is ending a remarkable 32-year career as a public official.

The 83-year-old Democrat said Jan. 27 she has decided not to run again after serving three six-year terms and a two-year appointed term as Morgan County license commissioner. She also served three four-year terms on the Morgan County Board of Education.

Roan has the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to a public office in Morgan County. She got her foot in the door in 1982 when she was elected as a member of the Board of Education and 12 years later when she was appointed to the license commissioner’s office by Gov. Jim Folsom.  Since then, she was reelected to three consecutive six-year terms, receiving as much as 98 percent of the vote on one occasion when she was unopposed.

“I love this job, the people with whom I work and the citizens of Morgan County,” Roan stated. “I know I’m going to miss being here but I felt it was time for me to give it up and let someone else take over.”

Roan’s term will end Jan. 19, 2015.

Roan said she is thankful for the opportunity she’s had to help other people. “When I first took office, I noticed a one-legged man standing in line waiting to get inside the license office,” she recalled. “I immediately set out to have benches placed in the hallway to relieve the burden of people having to stand in line.”

Later, she opened satellite offices in Hartselle and Cotaco to make it easier and more convenient for the public to renew their driver’s licenses and motor vehicle tags.

“It makes me feel good to look back and see what we’ve been able to do over the years to provide better service to the public,” Roan pointed out.

Three candidates, all Republicans, had qualified as candidates for Roan’s position when she announced she would not seek another term. They are Carolyn Wallace, Jerry Smith and Van Glasscock.

The qualifying deadline for both Morgan County Republican and Democratic Executive Committees is Fri., Feb 7.

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