Secretary of State Beth Chapman Announces Resignation

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - Secretary of State Beth Chapman confirms she will be leaving office August 1, 2013.

We are working to gather more information at this time, but Chapman says she will be taking a job in the private sector.

"My husband passed away two years ago which has certainly made me reevaluate some things; it was an unexpected death. As a result of that I have been offered some opportunities in the private sector that I will certainly be taking as soon as I resign from secretary of state," Chapman told WHNT News 19 over the phone Monday morning.

Chapman went on to describe how her announcement has been received among her colleagues and constituents.

"I have received a lot of support from the governor and from everyone really at this point, all my constituents understand my need to step down at this point for the advancement of my career."

It will now be up to Governor Bentley to appoint his next secretary of state. "I have great confidence he will make a good appointment," said Chapman of the task now in front of the governor.

WHNT News 19 asked Chapman about the legacy she will leave with the secretary of state's office.

"Photo voter ID certainly in the largest presidential election on our state's history; we have brought online business filings to the office in the first time in the history of the state so I have complete confidence I am leaving the office in better shape that I found it and that's a good feeling," Chapman says.

Please stay tuned for updates on WHNT News 19 at 5:00, 6:00 and 6:30.