Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner
|Office||Incumbent||Assumed Office||Incumbent running?||General Election Candidates||2014 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
||2007||Term-limited|| Jim Zeigler
|Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries||John McMillan
||2011||Yes|| John McMillan
|Public Service Commission||Jeremy Oden
|Public Service Commission||Terry Dunn
|4 Race background|
- Samantha Shaw (ineligible for re-election due to term limits)
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." Additionally, the auditor performs "post audits of the accounts and records of the Treasurer and ... of the Department of Finance."
The auditor also serves as a member on the following state boards:
- 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.
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. 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.  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.” The Alabama Chief Examiner, who heads the Examiners of Public Accounts, is a legislatively appointed position.
The office of state treasurer "is responsible for multiple state financial interests, including unclaimed property, cash management, bonds, the Alabama Trust Fund, and more." 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.
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. 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.
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."
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- The Associated Press, "Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan launches re-election campaign," June 25, 2013
- Cullman Sense, Oden announces bid for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1, July 1, 2013
- The Associated Press, "Chairman of Alabama Minority GOP challenges Commissioner Terry Dunn in PSC primary (updated)," August 12, 2013
- Joseph for Alabama 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Home," accessed June 12, 2013
- Anniston Star, "Bryan seeks state auditor's office so he can close it," June 4, 2013
- Constitution of Alabama, "Article V, Section 137," accessed May 20, 2011.
- Office of the Alabama State Auditor, "Duties and Responsibilities," accessed May 23, 2011.
- Montgomery Advertiser "Candidate seeks to end Alabama auditor's office," accessed June 12, 2013.
- Anniston Star "Bryan seeks state auditor's office so he can close it," accessed June 16, 2013.
- Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts "About Us," accessed June 16, 2013.
- Alabama State Treasury, "Welcome to the Alabama State Treasury," accessed May 23, 2011.
- Code of Alabama, "Section 2-2-8," accessed May 27, 2011.
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|State executive officers||
Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer| Auditor| Superintendent of Education| Commissioner of Insurance| Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries| Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries| Commissioner of Labor| Public Service Commission|