By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
On Saturday we caught up with Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh who is in the runoff to be the republican candidate for PSC President.
Twinkle was making a sweep of the state to shore up her position and remind people that Tuesday 23, is election day.
“It’s been a great six weeks runoff but I encourage everyone to go to the polls on Tuesday to cast your votes in the early statewide election which is for the president of the Public Service Commission,” said Cavanaugh.
On Tuesday she will face fellow republican former Greene County Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beeker for the GOP nomination.
In the primary Cavanaugh won a little over 49 percent of the vote just short of what she needed to avoid a runoff.
“I am honored that the people of Alabama gave me just over 49 percent of the vote in the primary,” said Cavanaugh, “Now it is time for the people to come back out and vote and I humbly ask for their vote.”
Cavanaugh a passed head of the Alabama GOP says she is a conservative and wants to replace current PSC President Lucy Baxley –the only democrat statewide elected office holder in Alabama.
Baxley has been accused by Cavanaugh and others of being a “part-time,” president. Cavanaugh says that the lack of leadership at PSC is hurting Alabama’s ability to compete for much needed jobs.
“The reason that I am running for the president of the Public Service Commission. I believe we need real leadership at the commission, someone that will be at work every day. Keep prices down, keep them reliable but also someone that will do that so that we can bring jobs to the state of Alabama,” said Cavanaugh.
As the only statewide office on the ballot on Tuesday there is predictions that voter turn out will be low. That is one of the reasons Cavanaugh was canvassing the state of Saturday. Starting at 4AM she traveled the state from a men’s republican breakfast and pro-life rally in Huntsville to coffee shops in Culman and Birmingham to many other stops.
“Obviously government can never create a job but it can create a friendly environment with less regulation with utilities being less expensive and reliable,” Cavanaugh, “We need to be working together in state government as a team to do what is best for the people of Alabama.”