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History-making Alabama women seek PSC presidency

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two women who made Alabama political history are trying to become president of the state's utility regulatory board -- a low-profile position that offers both candidates something they don't have now: a public office.

Democrat Lucy Baxley, Alabama's first female lieutenant governor, is trying to restart her political career after losing the 2006 race for governor and suffering a crippling stroke.

Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, the first woman to lead a major political party in Alabama, is trying to move into the public spotlight after many years in support roles.

The winner will make history again.

She will join the other two members of the Public Service Commission -- Democrats Jan Cook and Susan Parker -- to create an all-female commission.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners says it has no record of any other state having an elected utility board consisting entirely of women.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-10-12-08 1345EDT

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