Republicans Hold All Top State Jobs after 2012 Election

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By Lisa Blackwell

Alabama showed it's colors last night voting red in the presidential race and for top statewide leadership jobs.

And while the majority of voters got their wishes with Republicans leading state government, they must settle for another four years with a Democratic president.

Twinkle Cavanaugh beat out the last Democrat to hold a top statewide job, Lucy Baxley, for President of the Public Services Commission. She says one of her priorities is to help economic development in the state.

"We need to make sure that we have low utility prices so that we can bring those jobs in make sure we have stable prices cause as you know when companies are looking at their bottom line they need to know what the costs are going to be," said Cavanaugh.

Voters are giving former Chief Justice Roy Moore another shot at the top court job. Moore was ousted from the position in 2003 for failing to remove his ten commandments monument from the state supreme court building. Moore says his top priorities are working with the legislature to increase the budget and improve staffing.

"It's not just an agency like some of these other agencies created by the legislature and we deserve proper funding, it affects business in the state, it affects how we handle our criminal problem and everything so it's very important that we get them to understand what we need," said Moore.

The majority of Alabama voters chose Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to lead the country, but must settle with democrat Barack Obama four more years. Some voters say they're concerned about more gridlock in Washington.

"I hope these guys can work together for the benefit of those of us that live in the country," said Selma resident Leon Morgan.

"They haven't gotten along together now I really don't know what's going to change," said Wetumpka resident Chad Palmer.

Cavanaugh was sworn in Wednesday as president of the PSC. Moore will be sworn in on January 14.

 

The only two Democrats still in a top state office are two members of the Alabama Board of Education who are elected from districts, not statewide.

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