A Very Important Election that You Probably Know Nothing About

Bobby Baker, departing member of the Georgia Public Service Commisssion (Photo: courtesy, GPSC)

There is a very important election in the Georgia Primary tomorrow that most people don’t know about because it has received scant media attention.  It’s the race to fill the seat of Georgia Public Service  Commissioner Bobby Baker. Baker, who has the reputation of being the lone true consumer advocate on the commission, decided to hang it up after 18 years of fighting for the consumer, and often losing to the four other members of the Commission. 

A Public Service Commission member directly affects you and your pocketbook. The Commission sets rates for public utilities.  For instance, it decides whether or not Georgia Power gets to go up on what you pay. So it really matters who gets elected to the Commission. 

If you are voting in the Democratic Primary, you don’t have to feel guilty about knowing nothing about the candidates for the GPSC, because only one person, Keith Moffett, is running. But, in case you plan to vote tomorrow, I’ll tell you a little about him.  He is the Director for Internal Affairs for the City of Macon, as well as an adjunct professor in business administration at Macon College. He is for clean energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy options, and keeping rates low. 

It’s a little harder if you are voting in the Republican Primary since four folks are running.  Two of the candidates, Joey Brush, John Douglas, are state senators, one, Jeff May, is a state representative, and one, Tim Echols,  is a former campaign manager for Insurance Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine.  You can click their names to read about what they say about themselves on their websites.  Not unexpectedly, all claim to be conservative, and they say they realize that public utilities have to make a reasonable profit.  Some are  “drill baby drill” advocates and support drilling off Georgia’s coast.  You can read more about that by clicking this link to Creative Loafing

All right, I have done my duty. You now at least have the names of those running for a very important job because what the PSC does directly affects your pocketbook.

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One Response to “A Very Important Election that You Probably Know Nothing About”

  1. Josh McKoon Says:

    Thanks Dick for this post–it is important people study the PSC race. Georgia Power has a rate case before the PSC right now that could impact our utility bills soon.

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