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      Gov. Bentley comments on Beth Chapman's resignation

      Governor Robert Bentley released this statement to Focus@4 after Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman announced her plans to resign on August 1st.

      "Beth Chapman has done an outstanding job as Secretary of State, and I appreciate so much her public service to Alabama.{} She has always worked hard to protect everyone's right to vote, especially our men and women who serve in the military.{} I have the utmost respect for her.{} Her honesty and integrity are above reproach.{} I wish her the very best."

      A few months ago, Chapman was considered a possible candidate for governor.{}{}She said she would consider a run in the future but not in 2014.

      Seventeen months remain on Chapman's term as Secretary of State.{} Gov. Bentley{}will appoint someone to complete her term.