Alabama secretary of state to resign

Published 4:36 pm Monday, July 1, 2013

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman announced Monday that she will be stepping down to take a private sector job.

Chapman reportedly declined to name the company, but said while she enjoyed serving in public office her priorities changed after her husband died two years ago.

Gov. Robert Bentley said he will move quickly to name a replacement.

Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead said Chapman has modernized the office of secretary of state since taking over in 2007.

“Among Secretary Chapman’s initiatives have been to ensure that the votes of members of the military who are overseas are counted and to implement online campaign finance reporting for state candidates in Alabama,” he said. “I would like to thank Secretary Chapman for her years of service as Alabama’s Secretary of State. Secretary Chapman has done yeoman’s work in modernizing the office of Secretary of State and our election process. I would like to wish her well in her future endeavors, as I know that she will do a fine job.”