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Ousted After Arrest, Jada Williams Seeks to Recapture Madison Supervisor of Elections Seat

March 15, 2012 - 7:00pm

Removed from office last November by Gov. Rick Scott, former Madison County Supervisor of Elections Jada Woods Williams has announced plans to reclaim the position.

In an ad placed Thursday on the Madison Florida Voices website, Williams focuses on her six years of service as elections supervisor and her background in the community.

I appreciate the opportunities that you have given me to lead and serve the voters of this county, Williams states in the ad. The commitment, dedication, and support that you have given to me throughout my years of service to our community has strengthened, motivated, and encouraged me to lead our county in the right direction for future endeavors.

There is no mention by Williams, a Democrat, of being removed from her post by the governor after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced her arrest Nov. 1 in connection with alleged voter fraud.

Williams was not immediately available for comment after messages were left on a phone number listed for her Madison home on Friday.

Williams, first elected to the countywide office in 2006, was one of eight, including Madison County School Board member Abra Hill Tina Johnson, charged in connection with alleged voter fraud that allowed Johnson to win a runoff election last year.

Madison, a county of nearly 20,000, sits along the Georgia state line east of Tallahassee.

Williams, 34, was charged with 17 counts of neglect of duty and corrupt practices for allegedly allowing absentee ballots to be illegally distributed.

According to the countys election website, Williams joins Republican Thomas R. Tommy Hardee, an insurance agent and volunteer fireman, in the race.

Hardee, 37, was appointed by Scott as the interim supervisor in December.

Lane Wright, Scotts press secretary, said the legal team for the governors office is going to review what options are available if Williams is returned to office.

Democrats in the rural, mostly lower-income community hold a better than 3-1 advantage over Republicans among registered voters.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859 or (772) 215-9889.

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