The race for state auditor in 2014 has begun.

Adam Thompson, the deputy chief of staff or Alabama's secretary of state, announced Wednesday that he will run as a Republican for auditor. The current auditor, Samantha Shaw, has served two terms and can't run again. Shaw said Wednesday she doesn't plan to seek any office in 2014 and will help her husband, Greg Shaw, with his re-election campaign for the Supreme Court.

Thompson worked in the state auditor's office when Beth Chapman held the post and then followed her to the secretary of state's office in 2007.