Incumbent State Auditor Jim Zeigler ran circles around his opponents on Tuesday at the ballot box, taking home 55 percent of the vote.
His closest opponent, Stan Cooke garnered 33 percent of the vote, meanwhile Elliott Lipinsky only took home 12 percent.
Zeigler acknowledged his opponents following his victory.
“My honorable opponents, Stan Cooke and Elliott Lipinsky, worked hard. They made excellent speeches. They were good guests on talk shows. They made insightful points, and I was listening,” said Zeigler. “In the general election campaign and the second Zeigler administration, I intend to take a new approach toward my political opponents and those who disagree with my actions. I have figured out that my critics are well meaning. They are watching. I will now view my critics as consultants to create a better State Auditor’s office. I will listen to their points – and learn. And these consultants are free. They do not have to be paid by me or by the taxpayers. This new viewpoint can lead to a much-needed paradigm shift in American politics.
Zeigler’s primary victory means he will now face Democratic challenger Miranda Joseph in the November 6 General Election. Joseph automatically advanced to the General, as she faced no primary opponent.
Zeigler previously defeated Joseph in 2015. He has held the position ever since.
“I look forward to the November general election campaign against a serious Democratic nominee with a strong resume,” Zeigler added.
The office of State Auditor
The State Auditor’s office is tasked with providing accountability to the taxpayers of Alabama by maintaining accurate records of all personal property valued at $500 and above, as well as items deemed sensitive in nature. As well as serving as only check and balance between the Comptroller’s Office and the State Treasury.