Judge Browning will not seek reelection
by OJ Stapleton Editor
District Judge Sue Carol Browning informed attorneys in Logan and Todd counties this week that she has decided not to run for reelection in 2014.
She will finish out her term and let someone new take over after next year’s election cycle.
“This is just something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Browning said. “The time is right for me to move on to something else. I’ve been doing a lot of praying about what the next chapter of my life will be.”
No one can file to run until November, but Browning said that she wanted to give any potential candidates plenty of time to weigh their options.
“I didn’t want anyone to have to make a last minute decision,” she said. “I don’t think anyone should have to decide with a week’s time if they are going to give up their practice. I wanted to try and give all of the other attorneys a chance to think about it. It is a big decision and an important job, and no one should jump into it without giving it a lot of thought.”
Browning had a hard fight to win reelection the last time she ran, but said that didn’t factor in to her decision not to run this time around.
“Not really, because I always had in mind that I always wanted to work this long as a judge,” Browning said. “I had thought that I would do this until I was around 50 and I will be 51 when I finish out my current term.”
The job is one that can easily take a toll.
“This is a very demanding job,” Browning said. “It’s almost a 24 hour a day, seven days a week job. I often get calls in the middle of the night, every Saturday and Sunday and on holidays. I am even setting bonds even if I’m on vacation and having emergency hearings telephonically.”
Browning has been a district judge for 19 years and was one of the youngest in the state when she was elected at just 31 years old.
Being one of the youngest to accomplish her goals was nothing new to Browning, though.
“I graduated high school at 16 and college at 19 and started practicing law when I was 22,” she said. “And for the first time in my life I’m going to try and not be in a rush. My son always says that I have two gears - park and overdrive. am going to try and find a slower gear now.”
Just what that slower gear entails is up in the air, however.
“I feel like I have a lot of options,” Browning said. “I am usually such a planner and have always lived my life with future planned out and now I don’t really have a plan. I’m just wanting to take some time and figure out what I am going to do next.”
Browning added that she is “very, very grateful for everyone that supported me all these years and that I have had the pleasure of working with.”
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