2020 election

Laura Casey

Alabama Public Service Commission President

Laura Casey (Source: Candidate’s website)

Laura Casey

Party: Democrat

Age: 48

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: Democratic nominee for Alabama State Senate District 15 race in 2018 but withdrew before the general election.

Professional experience: Clerk for state Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2001-2002; actuary, Prudential Insurance, Newark, N.J., and Hewitt Associates, Bedmister, N.J., 1993-1998.

Civic experience: CASA Guardian ad Litem Program, Monmouth County, N.J., 2015-2016.

Education: Juris doctor, Rutgers University-Newark Law School, 2001; Bachelor of Science in actuarial mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1993.

Main issues: Casey has been an advocate of transparency in the PSC’s meetings. Casey was kicked out of a PSC hearing last November because she was live streaming the event from her phone; she has filed suit against the commission, charging that their prohibition of live streaming violated Alabama open meetings laws. Casey is a proponent of renewable energy such as solar power; the PSC hearing where she was ejected was about Alabama Power’s intent to charge fees to customers who use solar as their main power source. Casey is a proponent of cheaper, cleaner energy. “We are paying Alabama Power the highest profit rate of any regulated investor-owned electric utility in America,” she said.

Top contributors: In-kind from candidate, $2,260.14; Donna Smalley, Mobile, $250.

Campaign: Laura Casey for Alabama’s Public Service Commission.