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Ruppe mulling bid for senate

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By Judy Underwood

Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe may very well attempt to become State Sen. Becky Ruppe.

Since a poll was conducted several weeks ago that shows Ruppe as a viable candidate in the district to replace Sen. Tommy Kilby in 2008, Ruppe said she has been overwhelmed by the number of people encouraging her to run.

"I must admit that this is one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. I love my job. I love Morgan County and the people I serve,” Ruppe said.

She went on to say that she believes it is much more important who our state senator is than some people realize.

“I have become well aware of just how important it is to have support from our State Senator to effect positive outcomes for Morgan County,” Ruppe said.

“I believe I can make a much bigger difference for Morgan County and the entire district in the state senate. I am honored and humbled by the number of people who are already supporting my campaign even before I announce,” she added.

Ruppe said her tenure as county executive and working with neighboring counties has taught her an important lesson.

“If there is one thing I have learned while serving as County Executive, it has been that everything we do affects not only us but our region. The days of operating as one county are gone. As districts and as regions we must now work together to be successful.”

Ruppe admits that she is leaning toward making the bid for office and will most likely make her decision over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Regardless of what I do I will always carry the welfare of the people of Morgan County with me.”