Alabama lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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Alabama Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
June 3rd, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Kay Ivey Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kay Ivey Republican Party
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Alabama State Executive Elections
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Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
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The Alabama lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Kay Ivey (R) was first elected in 2010 and was running for re-election. She defeated Democratic candidate James C. Fields for another four-year term in the general election.

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]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Kay Ivey - Incumbent [4] Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party James C. Fields - Former state Rep. and Minister[5][6]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Stan Cooke - Founder and President of an international Christian mission organization supporting benevolence programs in Israel.[7][8]

Results

General election

Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Ivey Incumbent 63.3% 736,166
     Democratic James C. Fields 36.7% 426,461
Total Votes 1,162,627
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Primary election

Republican primary

Lieutenant Governor of Alabama Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKay Ivey Incumbent 61.7% 257,588
Stan Cooke 38.3% 160,023
Total Votes 417,611
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.

Democratic primary

  • Uncontested

Campaign themes

Ivey and Fields made public statements regarding their positions on major issues facing Alabama voters. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from campaign websites.

Economy

James C. Fields

Working people in Alabama are suffering. Everyone understands that people with well-paying jobs—the Real Job Creators—have stability, benefits and hope for the future. They have earning and spending power, and everyone in Alabama profits as a result. James Fields will work as Alabama’s Lt. Governor to restore a pro-growth climate for business and industry in our state while rebuilding our economy from the middle out.

Expanding access to affordable healthcare is one of the most dynamic ways that Alabama’s economy can recover now. An increase in 30,000 new jobs and projected revenue of between $17-20 billion dollars are projected from a more robust, service-driven healthcare system in our state.

Additionally, access to good healthcare keeps people and their families well and makes communities and our economy stronger. As Lt. Governor, James Fields will work to expand access for everyone and encourage the growth of a thriving healthcare system for Alabama. [9]

—James Fields's campaign website, (2014), [10]

Kay Ivey

Unemployment in Alabama has dropped to a five year low, and now stands at 6.1%, the lowest rate in the deep south. There are 59,400 more jobs today in Alabama than there were in January of 2011, with the greatest job growth coming from the manufacturing sector. There are over 40,000 new, future jobs coming to Alabama due to announced investments such as Airbus, Boeing, Remington, technology and research sectors that support advanced manufacturing and our ever expanding automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. For the fourth consecutive year, Alabama ranks among the top five states for doing business according to Area Development magazine. [9]

—Kay Ivey's campaign website, (2014), [11]

Education

James C. Fields

Public school and college educators, support staff and administrators work hard every day in Alabama, and our state leadership has failed to recognize and reward the positive impact they have on students’ lives.

Our children are our future, so Alabama must provide adequate funding and a focus on excellence to create a strong public education system that prepares students for work and further study, improves our communities and sets us on a course toward prosperity.

James Fields will foster cooperation among all of public education’s stakeholders to rebuild and strengthen public schools and colleges. Our students and the future success of Alabama deserve our best. [9]

—James Fields's campaign website, (2014), [12]

Kay Ivey

Rolling Reserve Act – the Responsible Budgeting and Spending Act greatly reduces the risk of proration in the state’s budgets by basing revenue estimates on a 15-year rolling average to create a stable budget for education based on historic growth – ending proration was a challenge Ivey made in her inaugural address. The “Students First Act” Teacher Tenure Reform – Vowing to protect the state’s greatest asset – the education of Alabama’s children – lawmakers passed an education reform measure giving local school boards the resources to ensure the state has quality teachers in every classroom. Grants local school boards more authority to remove bad teachers and is widely supported by the state’s education community as a much-needed reform. The Students First Act protects due process rights and keeps tenure for teachers in place, while protecting students from those who might harm them and removes federal arbitrators from the dismissal process.

Alabama Accountability Act – Is a historic school choice plan that invests in students by giving families with students in a failing school the opportunity to receive an income tax credit to offset the cost of transferring a student to a non-failing public or private school. The Act also empowers local control by allowing schools and school districts to enter into flexibility contracts with the State Board of Education. [9]

—Kay Ivey's campaign website, (2014), [11]

Past elections

2010

Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Ivey 51.5% 761,125
     Democratic Jim Folsom, Jr. Incumbent 48.5% 715,965
Total Votes 1,477,090
Election Results Via: U.S. Election Atlas

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
February 7, 2014 Filing deadline
June 3, 2014 Primary election
July 15, 2014 Primary runoff
November 4, 2014 General election
November 14, 2014 Certification of general election results
January 19, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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