Secretary of State John Merrill considering Senate run

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John Merrill, Alabama Secretary of State

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Tuesday he is considering a run for U.S. Senate.

Merrill, 55, said on Dale Jackson’s radio show he had filed paperwork and would announce next week whether he will seek the seat held by Sen. Doug Jones.

Merrill was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010 and was elected secretary of state in 2014.

If he enters the race, he could face a crowded field of Republicans looking to unseat Jones. Jones, a Democrat, won the seat from former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in 2017.

Moore is considering another run for the seat. U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville have announced their intentions to run.