6 Questions for Georgia’s Public Service Commissioner Candidates

BY - October 21, 2018

Public Service Commissioner Candidate Georgia Election 2018
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Wondering who decides how much you pay to turn on your lights, heat up your oven, or make a phone call? Meet the Public Service Commission. The five regulators who comprise this quasi-judicial state agency over the coming years will make key decisions on whether two costly nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle will keep moving forward and, next year, how much green energy Georgia Power should use. If you care about the environment, keep a close eye on the PSC. Below, our 6 questions for the candidates and their responses, which have been edited for length and clarity.

Though commissioners represent certain districts, voters statewide get to pick who serves, so you’ll have the opportunity to cast a vote for both the District 3 and 5 races no matter where in Georgia you live. District 3 represents Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, and Rockdale counties. District 5 represents Cobb, Douglas, Coweta, Fayette, and Henry counties, among others.

District 5 Republican candidate Tricia Pridemore was asked to participate but did not respond to our requests. Here is Pridemore’s official website.

  1. District 3: Chuck Eaton (R)
  2. District 3: Lindy Miller (D)
  3. District 3: Ryan Graham (L)
  4. District 5: Dawn Randolph (D)
  5. District 5: John Turpish (L)