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*{{reddot}} [[Jeremy Oden]] - Incumbent  
*{{reddot}} [[Jeremy Oden]] - Incumbent  
*{{reddot}} [[Kathy Peterson]]<ref name=cand14>[http://algop.org/elections-2014/2014-qualified-state-republican-candidates/commissioner-of-agriculture-and-industries/ ''Alabama Republican Party,'' "2014 Qualified State Republican Candidates," accessed February 7, 2014]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Kathy Peterson]]<ref name=cand14>[http://algop.org/elections-2014/2014-qualified-state-republican-candidates/commissioner-of-agriculture-and-industries/ ''Alabama Republican Party,'' "2014 Qualified State Republican Candidates," accessed February 7, 2014]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Terry Dunn]] - Incumbent
*{{reddot}} [[Terry Dunn]] - Incumbent

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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 are up for election in the state of Alabama in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

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]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Auditor Samantha Shaw
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2007 Term-limited Republican Party Jim Zeigler
Democratic Party Miranda Joseph
Republican Party Jim Zeigler No
Treasurer Young Boozer
Young Boozer.jpg
2011 Yes Republican Party Young Boozer Republican Party Young Boozer No
Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan
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2011 Yes[4] Republican Party John McMillan
Democratic Party Lula Albert-Kaigler
Republican Party John McMillan No
Public Service Commission Jeremy Oden
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2012 Yes[5] Republican Party Jeremy Oden Republican Party Jeremy Oden No
Public Service Commission Terry Dunn
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2010 Yes[6] Republican Party Chip Beeker Republican Party Chip Beeker No

1 Incumbent
2 Candidates
3 Duties
4 Race background

Current incumbent



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."[10] Additionally, the auditor performs "post audits of the accounts and records of the Treasurer and ... of the Department of Finance."[11]

The auditor also serves as a member on the following state boards[11]:

  • 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.[11]

Race background

At the outset of his campaign, 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.[12] 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. [13] 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.”[12] The Alabama Chief Examiner, who heads the Examiners of Public Accounts, is a legislatively appointed position.[14]

Current incumbent


The office of state treasurer "is responsible for multiple state financial interests, including unclaimed property, cash management, bonds, the Alabama Trust Fund, and more."[15] 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.

Current incumbent


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.[17] 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.

Current incumbents


Place 1

Place 2


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."[20]

See also


  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. The Associated Press, "Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan launches re-election campaign," June 25, 2013
  5. Cullman Sense, Oden announces bid for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1, July 1, 2013
  6. The Associated Press, "Chairman of Alabama Minority GOP challenges Commissioner Terry Dunn in PSC primary (updated)," August 12, 2013
  7. Joseph for Alabama 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Home," accessed June 12, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Anniston Star, "Bryan seeks state auditor's office so he can close it," June 4, 2013
  9. outdoorhub.com, "Sealy Qualifies for Alabama State Auditor," February 6, 2014
  10. Constitution of Alabama, "Article V, Section 137," accessed May 20, 2011.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Office of the Alabama State Auditor, "Duties and Responsibilities," accessed May 23, 2011.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Montgomery Advertiser "Candidate seeks to end Alabama auditor's office," accessed June 12, 2013.
  13. Anniston Star "Bryan seeks state auditor's office so he can close it," accessed June 16, 2013.
  14. Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts "About Us," accessed June 16, 2013.
  15. Alabama State Treasury, "Welcome to the Alabama State Treasury," accessed May 23, 2011.
  16. Alabama Republican Party, "2014 Qualified State Republican Candidates," accessed February 7, 2014
  17. Code of Alabama, "Section 2-2-8," accessed May 27, 2011.
  18. The Associated Press, "Chairman of Alabama Minority GOP challenges Commissioner Terry Dunn in PSC primary (updated)," August 12, 2013
  19. The Associated Press, "Terry Dunn draws challenge from Chris "Chip" Beeker in Alabama PSC race," June 10, 2013
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Mission