Jim Bennett appointed as AL Secretary of State - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Jim Bennett appointed as AL Secretary of State

Jim Bennett (Photo: Governor Bentley's Office) Jim Bennett (Photo: Governor Bentley's Office)

Jim Bennett has been named as the new Secretary of State in Alabama.

Governor Robert Bentley made the announcement on Tuesday that Bennett would be taking over the position after current Secretary of State Beth Chapman steps down on July 31.

"Jim is a dedicated public servant," Governor Bentley said. "He was a trusted member of my cabinet where he served as Labor Commissioner until his retirement in 2012. Having previously served as Secretary of State, Jim is uniquely qualified to lead the Secretary of State's Office through the 2014 election cycle. I know Jim will fight for every Alabamian's right to vote. I appreciate his willingness to serve and know he will be an honest and dedicated Secretary of State."

"It is a distinct honor to return to the Secretary of State's Office where I served for 10 years from 1993-2003," Bennett said. "I appreciate Governor Bentley's confidence in my ability to continue to lead the effort for honest elections and to support the opportunity for all citizens to actively participate in government through the voting process. This is especially important with the 2014 election cycle a short time ahead. To those who would seek to manipulate our most basic right to decide issues and elections fairly and honestly at the ballot box, my appointment will not come as good news."

Bennett was previously appointed Secretary of State for Alabama in 1993 and was elected to the position in 1994 and 1998. He even served as the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State form 1999 to 2000.

Bennett says he will not be a candidate for Secretary of State in 2014.

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