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Alabama PSC candidates hunt for votes in runoff election (Talbot)


Alabama taxpayers will spend an estimated $3 million on an April 24 runoff election that — at best — may draw a whopping 1 percent of registered voters statewide.


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Register now for free, or sign in with any of these services: You are signed in as Edit Public Profile Sign Out Favorite Schoolsexpand Favorite Teamsclose Subscribe The Birmingham News The Huntsville Times Press-Register Email newsletters Text alerts Alabama Change Region function getComscorekwValue() { var empty_placeholder = 'empty_placeholder'; comscorekw=empty_placeholder; return empty_placeholder; } function getToprailMenuContext() { return '; } comments Alabama PSC candidates hunt for votes in runoff election (Talbot) Print George Talbot | gtalbot@al.com By George Talbot | gtalbot@al.com Press-Register Email the author | Follow on Twitter on April 11, 2012 at 6:27 AM View/Post Comments if ( typeof image === 'undefined' ) var image = { "src": "" }; Advance.Gigya.fn.initMTGigyaShareBarTop = function() { Advance.Gigya.fn.buildGigyaShareBar({ 'div':'social_top', 'shareButtons':'twitter-tweet,facebook-like,googleplus-share,pinterest-pinit,reddit,email', 'layout':'vertical', 'showCounts':'top', 'title':'Alabama PSC candidates hunt for votes in runoff election (Talbot)', 'link':'http://blog.al.com/live/2012/04/alabama_psc_candidates_hunt_fo.html', 'desc': 'Alabama taxpayers will spend an estimated $3 million on an April 24 runoff election that — at best — may draw a whopping 1 percent of registered voters statewide.', 'thumbnail': image.src }); }; Advance.Gigya.fn.initMTGigyaShareBarMobile = function() { Advance.Gigya.fn.buildGigyaShareBar({ 'div':'social_mobile', 'shareButtons':'twitter-tweet,facebook-like,googleplus-share,pinterest-pinit,reddit,email', 'layout':'horizontal', 'showCounts':'right', 'title':'Alabama PSC candidates hunt for votes in runoff election (Talbot)', 'link':'http://blog.al.com/live/2012/04/alabama_psc_candidates_hunt_fo.html', 'desc': 'Alabama taxpayers will spend an estimated $3 million on an April 24 runoff election that — at best — may draw a whopping 1 percent of registered voters statewide.', 'thumbnail': image.src }); }; Advance.Gigya.fn.initMTGigyaShareBarBottom = function() { Advance.Gigya.fn.buildGigyaShareBar({ 'div':'social_bottom', 'shareButtons':'twitter-tweet,facebook-like,googleplus-share,pinterest-pinit,reddit,email', 'layout':'horizontal', 'showCounts':'right', 'title':'Alabama PSC candidates hunt for votes in runoff election (Talbot)', 'link':'http://blog.al.com/live/2012/04/alabama_psc_candidates_hunt_fo.html', 'desc': 'Alabama taxpayers will spend an estimated $3 million on an April 24 runoff election that — at best — may draw a whopping 1 percent of registered voters statewide.', 'thumbnail': image.src }); }; if ( typeof Advance.Gigya !== 'undefined' && typeof gigya !== 'undefined' ) { if (document.documentElement.clientWidth > 1024) { Advance.Gigya.fn.initMTGigyaShareBarTop(); Advance.Gigya.fn.initMTGigyaShareBarBottom(); } if ((document.documentElement.clientWidth 600)) { Advance.Gigya.fn.initMTGigyaShareBarMobile(); Advance.Gigya.fn.initMTGigyaShareBarBottom(); } } Chip Brown , Public Service Commission candidate, speaks at a candidate forum at the University of Mobile Center for Leadership on Feb28, 2012(Press-Register, John David Mercer)Alabama taxpayers will spend an estimated $3 million on an April 24 runoff election that — at best — may draw a whopping 1 percent of registered voters statewide. Republicans Chip Brown of Mobile and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh of Montgomery are seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president of the Alabama Public Service CommissionThe winner will face incumbent Lucy Baxley, the last remaining Democrat holding a statewide elected office, in the Nov6 general election Cavanaugh, who was elected to a four-year term as the PSC’s Place 1 commissioner in 2010, captured 49 percent of the vote in the March 13 primaryBrown finished second, with 27 percent of the vote Brown is the only non-judicial candidate from the Mobile area who has a shot at statewide office in 2012In an interview Tuesday, he said he would also be the first candidate from Mobile or Baldwin counties to win election to the PSC in a half-century The three-member commission is charged with regulating state utilities “For whatever reason, south Alabama just never has been represented on the PSCI’m looking to change that,” he said Brown, a commercial real estate broker who served in Afghanistan with the Alabama Army National Guard, is viewed as an underdog in the race against Cavanaugh A son of former Daphne Mayor Harry Brown, he’s making his second bid for the PSCBrown was defeated in the 2010 GOP primary by Terry Dunn, who went on unseat Democrat Susan Parker for the commission’s Place 2 seatTwinkle Andress CavanaughBrown’s campaign has yet to raise more than $25,000 — the threshold that requires candidates to file campaign finance reports with the stateHis opponent is better-funded and better-known — Cavanaugh is making her third bid for statewide office in the last four yearsShe’s also a former executive director and chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party, a high-profile position that helped her build contacts across the state Brown, however, may have a bit of election math working in his favorHe noted that 51 percent voters on March 13 chose someone other than Cavanaugh, and said he’s picked up supporters from the campaign of Kathy Peterson, the third-place finisher in the GOP primaryPeterson, a Shelby County businesswoman, ran aggressively against Cavanaugh but has made no endorsement in the runoff Brown could also get a boost from a local runoff in Mobile County, where Republicans Mike Dean and Jerry Carl are vying for the county commissionLess than a third of the state’s 67 counties will have local runoffs on the April 24 ballot, including no races in Cavanaugh’s Montgomery County home With little money for campaign advertising and scant attention being paid to the race, Brown said he’s focused on meeting voters face-to-faceFor Brown, that means plenty of long days burning up the highway in his burgundy SUV “We’ll go from Mobile to Birmingham to Cullman and Huntsville — and that’s just the next couple of days,” he said Tuesday“We’ll go anywhere the voters will see us.” Brown said awareness is low about the election and that total turnout could be as low as 20,000 voters statewide “You’d hope it would be higher, because it is an important election and an important job,” he said“But we’ll take every vote we can get.” _____ (Political Editor George Talbot’s column runs WednesdaysReach him at 251-219-5623 or gtalbot@press-register.com.)  View/Post Comments Related Stories if (pb_page_template == undefined) { var pb_page_template = 'article'; } if (pb_page_template != "index") { document.write('); } Most Read var most_read_day_range = parseInt(3); var most_read_story_count = parseInt(5) var most_read_add_query = "posts"; Active Discussions if (pb_page_template == "index") { document.write('); } else { document.write('); } Best of AL.com Entertainment: Movies, music, clubs and more What's the latest from Alabama Outdoors? 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