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EDITORIAL: John Merrill for Secretary of State

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Secretary of State: State Rep. John Merrill, R-Tuscaloosa, wants to be Secretary of State after only one term in the House. Some may view that as an unusual move. Yet, we’d prefer to consider Merrill’s qualifications and what this office needs.

Stability hasn’t been a constant in that office since the last election. Beth Chapman, Alabama’s longtime Secretary of State, resigned to take a position with the Alabama Farmers Federation. Former Secretary of State Jim Bennett has filled in.