Alabama state executive official elections, 2012

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One state executive position was up for election in 2012 in the state of Alabama.

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.”[1]

General

Democratic incumbent Lucy Baxley was defeated by fellow member of the PSC Twinkle Cavanaugh (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

November 6 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Lucy Baxley Incumbent
Republican Party Twinkle Cavanaugh Green check mark transparent.png
Alabama Public Service Commission President General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTwinkle Cavanaugh 54.2% 1,078,108
     Democratic Lucy Baxley Incumbent 45.8% 909,323
Total Votes 1,987,431
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.


Primary

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.

Democratic Party March 13 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Lucy Baxley Approveda Incumbent Baxley was first elected in 2008 and is serving in her first term.
Republican Party March 13 GOP primary candidates:

Since no candidate secured over 50 percent of the vote, the top-two vote getters - Twinkle Cavanaugh and Chip Brown - headed to a runoff election on April 24.[2]

Alabama Public Service Commission President - Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTwinkle Cavanaugh 48.9% 248,297
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Brown 26.7% 135,568
Kathy Peterson 24.4% 123,729
Total Votes 507,594
Election Results Via:The Alabama Secretary of State.


In the primary runoff, Cavanaugh defeated Brown.[3]

Alabama Public Service Commission President - Republican Primary Runoff, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTwinkle Cavanaugh 60.8% 52,371
Chip Brown 39.2% 33,734
Total Votes 86,105


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Key deadlines

Deadline Event
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

Election history

  • 2008 General Election
    • Baxley won election in the November 2008 election, defeating Republican candidate Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.[4]
Alabama Public Service Commission President, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLucy Baxley 50.3% 1,014,091
     Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh 49.6% 1,001,643
Total Votes 2,017,933

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