John Merrill Tuscaloosa

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State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa plans a series of news conferences over the next two days to announce that he is running for the Republican Party nomination for Alabama Secretary of State in 2014.

Incumbent Secretary of State Beth Chapman is serving her second term and by law can't run in 2014,

The 49-year-old Merrill plans news conferences Tuesday in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville and in Montgomery and Mobile Wednesday.