Libertarian David Staples challenges Stan Wise for Georgia Public Service Commissioner

Name: Stan Wise, Republican (incumbent)


Age: 60

Family: Wife, Denise; two grown children

Education: Charleston Southern, bachelor’s in business management; named Outstanding Alumnus in 2005

Political experience: Cobb County Commission (1991-92); Atlanta Regional Commission (1992-1994); Georgia Public Service Commission (1994-2012); U.S. Department of Energy Appointee to State Energy Advisory Board (2002-2004); President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (2004)

Why are you running for re-election? “My conservative record demonstrates I’m an advocate for reasonably-priced and reliable utility service and investment in our energy infrastructure without shifting debt to future generations. I have championed a diverse energy supply, including nuclear power. Issues facing the PSC this next term include two Georgia Power Company general rate cases, a number of fuel cost recovery cases, ensuring costs are controlled in the construction of new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle, dealing with the cost of federally mandated environmental standards imposed on utilities, and continued investment in our natural gas infrastructure. I will continue to testify in Washington to guard against federal policies, such as cap and trade and mandated renewable energy standards, that will significantly raise the utility rates of our working families. It is important to have an experienced and steady hand presiding over these complex matters to ensure Georgia families and businesses continue to benefit through reliable and reasonably-priced utility services and economic development, which leads to job creation. I have demonstrated a level of expertise that uniquely qualifies me to preside over these matters for another term.”


Name: David Staples, Libertarian

Age: 31

Family: Wife, Ashley; daughter, Tori

Education: Parkview High School; attended Georgia Institute of Technology

Political experience: None

Why are you running for office? “I was asked to run for the Public Service Commission after no Democrat had qualified for this seat and people had expressed the opinion that they were not satisfied with the choices in the Republican primary. After seeing the number of ethical issues plaguing the incumbent and talking with my wife and political friends from all sides of the political spectrum, I agreed to run.”