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GOP runoff July 15

By By Lydia Grimes
With only two races on the ballot, local Republican leaders hope voters will go to the polls for a runoff Tuesday.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to decide who will be the Republican party’s candidate for the office of court of criminal appeals judge, place No. 1 and president of the Public Service Commission. Beth Kellum and Lucie McLemore are the candidates for the office of court of appeals judge and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Matt Chancey for the office of president of the Public Service Commission.
Jackie Gay, secretary of the Escambia County Executive Republican Committee, said although a small number of citizens are expected to go to the polls, the election is important.
The Alabama Public Service Commission is a body of three elected members, a president and two commissioners, who each serve four-year terms. The commission is primarily charged with setting the rates that utility companies are allowed to charge customers and the profits that the companies are allowed to receive.
Michael Watson, treasurer of the Escambia County Executive Committee, said he also expects a small turnout.