Alabama Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn ousted by Chip Beeker in primary runoff

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July 16, 2014

Alabama

By Maresa Strano

July 16, 2014 Election Review
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*Alabama Secretary of State
*Alabama Auditor
*Alabama Public Service Commissioner (Place 2)

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: The general election ballot is now set for all seven Alabama executive positions up for election in the 2014 electoral cycle. On June 3, Alabama voters faced seven state executive primary contests, three of which - the Republican primaries for secretary of state, state auditor and one seat on the public service commission - prompted runoffs, which took place July 15, 2014.[1][2]

Both secretary of state and state auditor seats are open this year. Meanwhile, Republican incumbent Alabama Public Service Commissioner for Place 2 Terry Dunn lost his bid for a second term; Dunn not only failed to win a majority of the primary vote necessary to automatically advance to the general election, he finished second behind challenger and former Greene County Commissioner Chip Beeker, who drew 39 percent to Dunn's 33. With the primary field reduced to just the two candidates, Beeker's margin of victory increased from 6 to 18 percentage points in the runoff.[3][4]

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a review of the primary runoffs.[4]


Alabama Secretary of State
See also: Alabama secretary of state election, 2014

This seat is open in 2014 due to the terms of current incumbent Jim Bennett's appointment by Gov. Bentley in July 2013. Bentley was to serve out the remainder of former Secretary Beth Chapman's second term after Chapman resigned to take a job in the private sector. Having held the office in an official elected capacity in the past, Bennett returned to his old post knowing it was only temporary: He will leave it behind again on January 19, 2015, when Chapman's term was set to expire.[5]

Reese McKinney and John Merrill faced off in the Republican primary runoff, with Merrill emerging as the victor. Merrill will join uncontested Democratic nominee Lula Albert-Kaigler in the general election.

The secretary of state is Alabama's chief election official and certifies vote totals, ballots and fundraising records. He or she is also responsible for business registration and keeping the state government's official documents and public records.

Runoff Results
Alabama Secretary of State, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Reese McKinney 46.9% 95,808
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Merrill 53.1% 108,664
Total Votes 204,472
Election Results Via:abc News. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
General Election Candidates

Alabama Auditor
See also: Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican incumbent Samantha Shaw is ineligible for re-election due to term limits.

Jim Zeigler easily defeated Dale Peterson to become the Republican nominee for state auditor. Zeigler will face Miranda Joseph in November for a shot at replacing Shaw. The Alabama Auditor leads the office's performance of post audits between the state's other financial agencies, the State Treasury and the Comptroller’s Office, in addition to serving as Chairperson on the Board of Adjustments.

Runoff Results
Alabama State Auditor, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Dale Peterson 35.1% 71,085
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 64.9% 131,543
Total Votes 202,628
Election Results Via:abc News. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
General Election Candidates

Alabama Public Service Commissioner (Place 2)
See also: Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Incumbent Alabama Public Service Commissioner for Place 2 Terry Dunn not only failed to win a majority of the June 3 primary vote, he finished in second place behind challenger Chip Beeker. Beeker defeated Dunn in the July 15 runoff election by an unofficial margin of about 37,500 votes. Since no candidates outside the Republican Party filed for the election, Beeker's nomination makes him a lock for November. He will take over Dunn's seat by the end of the year.

Commissioners supervise and regulate the state's electricity, gas, water, railroad and telecommunications companies. Additionally, they supervise transportation companies operating toll bridges, ferries, or roads. The Commission's mission is "To ensure a regulatory balance between regulated companies and consumers in order to provide consumers with safe, adequate and reliable services at rates that are equitable and economical."[6]

Runoff Results
Alabama Public Service Commissioner (Place 2), Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Beeker 59.3% 119,041
Terry Dunn Incumbent 40.7% 81,563
Total Votes 200,604
Election Results Via:abc News. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.



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