Steve Oppenheimer, Brad Ploeger challenge Chuck Eaton for Georgia Public Service Commissioner

Name: Chuck Eaton, Republican (incumbent)

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Dr. Steve Oppenheimer is running for public office for the first time.  SPECIAL
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Dr. Steve Oppenheimer is running for public office for the first time.

Age: 43

Family: Wife Erika; daughter Lydia, 5

Education: University of Alabama, bachelor’s in accounting; Georgia State School of Law, night school

Political experience: Elected to the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2006

Why are you running for re-election?: “I am running for re-election to continue working to bring jobs to Georgia and save money for Georgia families through lower utility rates.”

Name: Dr. Steve Oppenheimer, Democrat

Age: 57

Family: 3 adults sons, Matthew, Brad, Eli

Education: Indiana University, biological sciences; The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, doctor of dental surgery

Political experience: None

Why are you running for office? “Georgia families and small businesses need an independent, common-sense voice on the Public Service Commission. They need a commissioner dedicated to protecting homeowner rights, reducing power bills and creating good energy jobs in Georgia. The Commissioners elected by the people are supposed to represent the interests of the people when deciding on rate increase requests by utility giants and making other energy policy decisions. This powerful office makes Georgia’s energy policy; setting the rates we pay and shaping the policy that determines if Georgia will create modern energy jobs …or not.”

Name: Brad Ploeger, Libertarian

Age: 30

Family: Lives with partner

Education: Attended Vanderbilt University studying human and organizational development

Political experience: None

Why are you running for office?: “As a homeowner, advocate for affordable housing and small business owner I have seen first-hand how the decisions of the PSC effect ratepayers in Georgia. When I looked at the PSC it became apparent quite quickly that the Commission has abandoned its job of protecting Georgia ratepayers. By most appearances the Commission serves solely as a rubber stamp for the businesses it is charged with regulating. I am running for Public Service Commission to shed light on the Commission and to raise public awareness for their activities.”


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