Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Alabama Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Alabama State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner

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Five down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of Alabama in 2014. The five down ballot offices on the ballot in 2014 were the Alabama Auditor, the Alabama Treasurer, the Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and two seats on the Alabama Public Service Commission. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

The races for the state treasurer's office and commission seats were unopposed in 2014, leaving only two contested races for down ballot positions. Samantha Shaw (R) was unable to run for another term as auditor due to term limits, leaving the seat open to Miranda Joseph (D) or Jim Zeigler (R). Zeigler won the contest. Incumbent John McMillan (R) defeated challenger Doug "New Blue" Smith (D) for another term as agriculture commissioner. Young Boozer (R) was re-elected without opposition as state treasurer. For the Public Service Commission, Jeremy Oden (R) retained the Place 1 seat while Chris "Chip" Beeker (R) was unopposed in the general election for the Place 2 seat.

Alabama is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Auditor

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Miranda Joseph[4]
Republican Party Jim Zeigler Green check mark transparent.png

Term-limited

Republican Party Samantha Shaw - Incumbent

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Adam Thompson[5]
Republican Party Hobbie Sealy
Republican Party Dale Peterson (Alabama)

Did not qualify

Republican Party Ray Bryan (barred from primary ballot by Alabama Republican Party)[5][6]

Results

General election

Auditor of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 62.9% 716,122
     Democratic Miranda Joseph 37% 420,843
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,010
Total Votes 1,137,975
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Runoff election

Republican runoff
Alabama State Auditor, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 64.9% 131,637
Dale Peterson 35.1% 71,141
Total Votes 202,778
Election Results via ALGOP.org.

Primary election

Republican primary
Alabama Auditor Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 47.1% 164,002
Green check mark transparent.pngDale Peterson 24.3% 84,828
Adam Thompson 18.6% 64,688
Hobbie Sealy 10% 34,910
Total Votes 348,428
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.
Democratic primary
  • Uncontested

Duties

The Alabama Constitution requires the state auditor to make a report to the governor every year "showing the receipts and disbursements of every character, all claims audited and paid out, by items, and all taxes and revenues collected and paid into the treasury, and the sources thereof."[7] Additionally, the auditor performs "post audits of the accounts and records of the Treasurer and ... of the Department of Finance."[8]

The auditor also serves as a member on the following state boards:[8]

  • State Board of Adjustment
  • State Board of Appointments for Board of Registrars
  • State Board of Compromise
  • Alabama Education Authority
  • Penny Trust Fund

In addition, the auditor's office is responsible for tracking all non-consumable state property worth $500 or more and performs an audit of those items every two years.[8]

Race background

At the outset of his campaign, former candidate Ray Bryan announced his intent to have the office of State Auditor abolished via constitutional amendment, and to have its duties absorbed by other parts of the state government, such as Examiners of Public Accounts.[9] He claimed this proposal fit with recent legislative efforts to consolidate the state government. A spokesman for Senator Del Marsh, who was involved in some of these efforts, stated that Senate's reorganization efforts had focused on departments with larger budgets and did not include plans for abolishing the office.[10] Thompson spoke against Bryan’s plan on the basis that the State Auditor is an elected position, as opposed to the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, which is a legislative agency. He stated that, "The Examiners of Public Accounts is a legislative agency and answers to the Legislature. The auditor is independently elected and answers to the people.”[9] The Alabama Chief Examiner, who heads the Examiners of Public Accounts, is a legislatively appointed position.[11] On February 24, 2014, it was reported that Bryan had been barred from the GOP primary ballot by the Alabama Republican Party.[12]

Treasurer

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Young Boozer - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png

Results

General election

Boozer won re-election without opposition.

Duties

The office of state treasurer "is responsible for multiple state financial interests, including unclaimed property, cash management, bonds, the Alabama Trust Fund, and more."[13] Some of the office's specific duties include:

  • Restoring unclaimed property to its owners.
  • Supervising and maintaining records of the issue of state bonds.
  • Collecting, investing and disbursing state funds, including from the state's trust fund. Managing cash flow for state agencies.
  • Promoting financial literacy among Alabamans.

Agriculture Commissioner

Candidates

General election

Republican Party John McMillan - Incumbent[14] Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Doug "New Blue" Smith

Results

General election

Agriculture Commissioner of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McMillan Incumbent 64.7% 734,428
     Democratic Doug "New Blue" Smith 35.2% 400,299
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 970
Total Votes 1,135,697
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Duties

The commissioner of agriculture and industries is the head of the Department of Agriculture and Industries. He or she oversees and promotes "economic and industrial development" in Alabama, "investigates and ascertains the [state's] industrial possibilities," and collects statistics on state industry.[15] Alabama law directs the commissioner to take a special interest in the promotion of industries "in the smaller municipalities and rural communities of the state."

The Department of Agriculture and Industries establishes and enforces food safety regulations, enforcing laws relating to commercial weights and measures and monitoring pesticide usage in the state. It also regulates the treatment of livestock and poultry by farmers, agricultural pest control, provides marketing and outreach services to boost agricultural production, and mediates between Alabama farmers, their creditors, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Public Service Commissioner (Place 1)

General election

Republican Party Jeremy Oden - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Kathy Peterson

Results

General election

Oden won re-election without opposition.

Primary election

Republican primary
Alabama Public Service Commission, Position 1, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeremy Oden Incumbent 52.4% 188,971
Kathy Peterson 47.6% 171,755
Total Votes 360,726
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.


Public Service Commissioner (Place 2)

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Chris "Chip" Beeker[16] Green check mark transparent.png

Lost in the primary or runoff

Republican Party Terry Dunn - Incumbent
Republican Party Phillip Brown - Chairman of the Alabama Minority GOP[17]
Republican Party Jonathan Barbee

Results

General election

Beeker won re-election without opposition.

Runoff

Alabama Public Service Commissioner (Place 2), Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Beeker 59.3% 119,122
Terry Dunn Incumbent 40.7% 81,626
Total Votes 200,748
Election Results via ALGOP.org.

Primary

Alabama Public Service Commission, Position 2, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Beeker 39% 133,606
Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Dunn Incumbent 32.5% 111,404
Jonathan Barbee 15.9% 54,341
Phillip Brown 12.6% 43,097
Total Votes 342,448
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.


Duties

Commissioners supervise and regulate the state's electricity, gas, water, railroad, and telecommunications companies. Additionally, it supervises 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."[18]

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See also

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Joseph for Alabama 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Home," accessed June 12, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Anniston Star, "Bryan seeks state auditor's office so he can close it," June 4, 2013 (dead link)
  6. Ballot Access News, "Alabama Republican Party Bars Candidate for State Auditor from its Primary Ballot," February 24, 2014
  7. Constitution of Alabama, "Article V, Section 137," accessed May 20, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Office of the Alabama State Auditor, "Duties and Responsibilities," accessed May 23, 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 Montgomery Advertiser, "Candidate seeks to end Alabama auditor's office," accessed June 12, 2013
  10. Anniston Star, "Bryan seeks state auditor's office so he can close it," accessed June 16, 2013
  11. Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, "About Us," accessed June 16, 2013
  12. Ballot Access News, "Alabama Republican Party Bars Candidate for State Auditor from its Primary Ballot," February 24, 2014
  13. Alabama State Treasury, "Welcome to the Alabama State Treasury," accessed May 23, 2011
  14. Alabama Republican Party, "2014 Qualified State Republican Candidates," accessed February 7, 2014
  15. Code of Alabama, "Section 2-2-8," accessed May 27, 2011
  16. The Associated Press, "Terry Dunn draws challenge from Chris "Chip" Beeker in Alabama PSC race," June 10, 2013
  17. The Associated Press, "Chairman of Alabama Minority GOP challenges Commissioner Terry Dunn in PSC primary (updated)," August 12, 2013
  18. Alabama Public Service Commission, "Mission & History, accessed April 24, 2011