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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gipson to run again in 2010


State Rep. Mac Gipson, R-Prattville, said early in this four-year term that he would not run for reelection in 2010 and said he hoped saying so early would deter him from seeking another term.
His effort did not work.
"I am going to run again," he told the Montgomery Advertiser on Wednesday.
Gipson, who was at two-year college system Chancellor Bradley Byrne's announcement he was running for governor, said he wanted to serve four years with a governor who knows the legislative system. Byrne is a former Republican state senator.
The lawmaker also said he agrees with Byrne's focus on education, economic development and ethics reform.
Gipson, who represents Autauga and Elmore counties, also said the next four-year term will be important because lawmakers will redraw the districts for offices including legislative seats. He said he was new during the last redistricting and he believes experience is needed during the process.
Gipson said he hopes to help mend those counties to where they are not "quite as chopped up."
He admitted saying he would not run again, but said he has been encouraged by friends and colleagues to run again in 2010.
Gipson runs tire and auto repair stores in Prattville and Millbrook.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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