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Friday, January 15, 2010

Benefield Won't Seek Re-election


The following is a statement from state Senator Kim Benefield Friday:

“Over the past several months I have been struggling with a decision about whether to run for re-election to the Alabama Senate or retire from public office. For 35 years the people of Randolph County and most recently Senate District 13 have honored me with the opportunity to make public service my career and passion. My priority over these years has been to be accessible to the people, accountable for taxpayer dollars and supportive of efforts to improve our county, region and state.

Even though I have only served four years in the Alabama Senate, I was given the great opportunity to chair the important Senate Agriculture Committee, the newly-created Joint Task Force on Water, and serve as a member of the Energy Council. In all of these roles, I have worked hard to study the issues, listen to the voters as well as industry experts, and support policies that will move our state forward well into the 21st century.

At the same time I have not been able to have the time necessary to serve and fully enjoy the many blessings of being a proud grandmother. Because my daughter and her family live in Georgia it is my decision to be able to spend more time with them during these important years of their lives. Therefore I am announcing that I will not be a candidate for re-election to Senate District 13 and will retire from public office.

I will continue to be active in our area and the state, and it is my hope that the next Senator for our district will continue my commitment to staying in touch with the voters and being accessible to assist with their needs. I want to thank my fellow Alabamians for their support and vote over the years. This has been a difficult decision for me in many ways, but one that has been easy when I look into the beautiful faces of my grandchildren.”


-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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