3 political veterans on the ballot in AL Lt. Gov. race
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Republican primary in the race for Lt. Governor's features three political veterans: State Rep. Will Ainsworth, State Sen. Rusty Glover and President of the Alabama Public Service Commission Twinkle Cavanaugh.
The three Lt. Governor candidates share many of the same conservative values but feel they are unequally qualified for the state's second-highest job.
"My experience in the private sector. We built three businesses in North Alabama, we've employed a lot of people. We've signed the front of a check and that makes a difference," Ainsworth said.
"We need to be fighting for our state whether or not it has to do with our conservative Christian values or bringing high conservatives to our state," Twinkle Cavanaugh said.
"The comradery I have with my Senators I feel well suited for that position because the Lt. Governor does preside over the Senate," Glover said.
While they agree on many issues they each have their own priorities.
"I want to serve all of the people. I want to work just as hard for the people of Alabama as I did for campaign and I'm not going to take another job. I'm not going to get a consultant job make $100,000. I'm going to just do this for the people of Alabama," Glover said.
"I'm going to go in and right size things. I didn't fire anybody but what we did was when folks left we rearranged, retrained and saved money," Cavanaugh said.
"I'm going to serve with integrity, treat people right and serve every day. I think the second thing is education. We've got to get people job-ready and ready for the workforce. And the final thing is just selling Alabama," Ainsworth said.
We asked about school safety. Cavanaugh and Glover are former teachers.
"Someone in the front office needs to be armed to protect the kids, but first and foremost arm the resource officers. The last resort would be to arm teachers." Glover said.
"I know first-hand that all teachers are not meant to be armed. At 23 years old I don't think I would have been the right person to have the responsibility of the children and go get a gun out of a lockbox and utilize it," Cavanaugh said.
"'We introduced a voluntary plan for schools to opt in or opt out and actually allow them to train, and certify teachers and administrators to be a school resource officer or a school marshall to be able to arm and carry to protect our kids," Ainsworth said.
The special election is set for Tuesday.
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