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SFA student, 23, elected secretary treasurer for Nacogdoches County


Election preps in Texas are moving fast and furious.

Thousands of Republicans and Democrats participated in county and district conventions on Saturday.

Now state parties are finalizing the launch for state conventions.

There's one young woman whose following every step along the way.

She's only 23, but knows politics is in her future.

Madison Hibler receives a back stage tour of election 2012 in Nacogdoches County.

"Politics is theatre. I figured that out a long time ago," said Hibler.

At the ripe age of eleven during the hanging chads of the 2000 election.

"It clicked in my head something didn't add up," she said.

Madison wasn't disillusioned. She volunteered in presidential and gubernatorial elections.

"Neither time was I eligible to vote, but I did what I could to get those who were," said Hibler.

In 2008 she got to vote, plus a lot more.

"And they elected me precinct chair at the caucus and I went to the county convention I got selected to be the youngest delegate to the 2008 state convention," said Hibler.

Today, the SFA political science student is the newly elected secretary treasurer for the Nacogdoches County Democratic party.

Election coordinators prepare her for opening night and late nights.

Todd Stallings finished up at 5 this morning.

"Not every night is like that, but this election is a little trickier than normal," said Stallings.

"Monday is the last day to do any updating or register for the upcoming May 29 election," said Debra Gaston, election administrator.

All the election delays in Texas are just part of the drama to Madison.

"The spectacle that we're seeing is actually what gets people involved and that's what is really important," said Hibler.

Hibler fills the shoes of Claire Martin who passed away unexpectedly last month.

Long before coming to SFA, Madison met her predecessor at a state convention.

At that point the two were instant friends.

Next week, will begin to have special coverage of local candidates.

Our special reports of Your Voice, Your Vote will cover races through out East Texas.

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