From the Office of Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh
Montgomery – Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh released the following statement after being elected president of the Alabama Public Service Commission during Tuesday’s balloting:
“I deeply appreciate the support given to our campaign tonight, and I will do my absolute best to justify the confidence placed in me by the voters.
It would be remiss if I did not take a moment to congratulate my opponent, Lucy Baxley, on a hard fought race and thank her for her long service to Alabama as treasurer, lieutenant governor and on the Public Service Commission. We wish her a long and happy future.
Tomorrow we will begin the process of transforming the Public Service Commission into a fully engaged partner in the state’s job recruitment and economic development efforts. Automobile manufacturers, aerospace firms and other industries being recruited need to know that their utility needs can be met in an dependable manner and with reasonable rates, and the PSC will stand ready to provide those assurances whenever possible.
In addition, I hope to build upon the incentives the PSC has already provided to small businesses that expand and hire employees, and we’ll also work to protect the 5,000 Alabama jobs directly provided by the coal industry from overreaching Environmental Protection Agency mandates and regulations.
As PSC President, I’ll always represent the interests and needs of consumers, and work to ensure that utility rates remain both stable and affordable for Alabama families.”