Alabama state executive official elections, 2012
One state executive position was up for election in 2012 in the state of Alabama.
- Alabama Public Service Commission President
The general election took place on November 6, 2012, following a primary election on March 13th and primary runoff on April 24, 2012.
Incumbent Lucy Baxley was first elected PSC President in 2008, winning by a slim margin over fellow commissioner Twinkle Cavanaugh (R). In 2012, Cavanaugh challenged Baxley to a rematch, and successfully unseated Baxley in the general election. Baxley was the former lieutenant governor and state treasurer of Alabama. In 2012, she was the only the Democrat that held statewide office heading into the election. Cavanaugh was elected to the commission in 2010.
Both candidates said they wanted to use the position to maintain low and stable electric rates for state residents through active communication with Alabama's major utilities and PSC staff, but Cavanaugh expressed additional interest in expanding the role of PSC President. Her campaign emphasized her desire to make the office a leader in job creation and economic stimulation. Cavanaugh previously served as Alabama Republican Party chairwoman and had said that Baxley's allegiance to President Obama and the Democratic Party was a signal of the incumbent's lesser qualification to address the state's economic issues, especially with regard to stagnancy.
The powers of the Alabama PSC are limited to regulating electric and gas utilities, since a 2005 deregulation law, coupled with the proliferation of cellular phones, severely restricted the agency's influence and ability to raise rates.
Baxley said her challenger's plan to use the position to promote job creation was misguided and poised to cause friction with the governor and the state's Department of Commerce, who would see the commission's increased involvement in jobs as “just trying to cash in on their good news.”
|Alabama Public Service Commission President General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Lucy Baxley Incumbent||45.8%||909,323|
|Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.|
The primary was held on March 13. Incumbent Lucy Baxley (D), seeking re-election as President of the Alabama Public Service Commission, was unopposed in the primary. Three Republicans battled for their party's nomination.
- March 13 Democratic primary candidates:
- Lucy Baxley Incumbent Baxley was first elected in 2008 and is serving in her first term.
- March 13 GOP primary candidates:
|Alabama Public Service Commission President - Republican Primary, 2012|
|Election Results via The Alabama Secretary of State.|
In the primary runoff, Cavanaugh defeated Brown.
|Alabama Public Service Commission President - Republican Primary Runoff, 2012|
|Jan 13||Signature filing deadline|
|March 2||Voter registration deadline for primary|
|March 8||Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for primary|
|March 12||Last day to hand deliver or postmark an absentee ballot for primary|
|March 13||Primary election|
|April 13||Voter registration deadline for primary runoff|
|April 19||Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for primary runoff|
|April 23||Last day to hand deliver or postmark in absentee ballot for primary runoff|
|April 24||Primary runoff election (if necessary)|
|Oct 26||Voter registration deadline for general election|
|Nov 1||Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for general|
|Nov 5||Last day to hand deliver or postmark and absentee ballot for general|
|Nov 6||General election|
- 2008 General Election
|Alabama Public Service Commission President, 2008|
|Republican||Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh||49.6%||1,001,643|
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- Alabama Public Service Commission
- Statewide elections, 2012
- State executive official elections, 2012
- Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division
- Alabama Votes - Official Election Center
- Alabama Public Service Commission president race is for last seat held by a Democrat Sept. 23
- Montgomery Advisor, "Baxley, Cavanaugh meet in PSC presidency rematch," October 14, 2012
- Gadsden Times, "PSC president primary race headed for runoff," March 14, 2012
- WSFA.com, "Alabama runoff election results," accessed April 24, 2012
- Alabama Secretary of State, "November 2008 General Election Results," accessed March 25, 2011 (Pg. 13)