The progressive wave in Georgia is getting stronger as we get closer to Election Day 2018. It’s time to take this surge to the polls and show Trump and conservatives across the country that Georgia is ready for a big change.
Be sure to register to vote or update your registration by April 24 to be eligible to vote in the May primary for these critical elections.
Public Service Commission
The PSC has allowed the Plant Vogtle disaster to drag on for years, costing Georgia Power’s ratepayers billions of dollars in overages.
This year, Georgians have a chance to hold two of the commissioners from the all-white, all-Republican group accountable for their decisions and their overt corruption.
Republican Chuck Eaton is running for re-election.
We know that if re-elected, he would continue to bail out Georgia Power and support the Plant Vogtle disaster. He’s done it time and time again and forced us to foot the bill.
Enough is enough. Let’s vote out this corrupt, backwards politician.
Eaton is up against three Democratic candidates: Lindy Miller, John Noel and Johnny C. White.
Earlier this year, Commissioner Stan Wise cast a critical vote to continue the construction of two new nuclear plants at Plant Vogtle and then quickly stepped down from the PSC. To replace him, Gov. Deal hand picked a pal he’s often asked to chair his own committees before, Republican Tricia Pridemore. Now she’s running for re-election.
Much of Pridemore’s campaign cash came from big names in the energy business. Her ties to big businesses and Deal make it clear that we we need to replace her.
She’s up against Republican John Hitchins III and Democtrats Dawn A. Randolph and Doug Stoner.
We need your vote to push out these crooked commissioners.
State school superintendent
The state school superintendent has a big role in our public education — this office oversees the state’s K-12 public education system and is responsible for instituting the policies of the state Board of Education.
Republican incumbent Richard Woods is running for re-election on a “true conservative” platform, according to his website.
Woods was supportive of Deal’s school takeover scam, but used the old “local control” argument as his reason for refusing to supportive protections for transgender students.
It’s time to replace him with a more progressive leader.
He’s up against Republican John Barge and Democrats Sid Chapman, Sam Mosteller and Otha E. Thornton Jr.
The Department of Agriculture regulates the agriculture industry including promoting the interests of consumers, and current commissioner Republican Gary Black has held the position since 2010.
He is seeking re-election and facing off with sole opponent Democrat Fred Swann.
This politician’s responsibilities include monitoring insurance companies and regulating industrial loan officers. Republican Ralph Hudgens, Georgia’s insurance commissioner and fire marshal since 2010, is not seeking re-election this year.
Hudgens’ entire tenure has been characterized by blocking health coverage for Georgians and allowing insurance companies to take advantage of ratepayers.
Here are just a few terrible things he’s done, to jog your memory:
- He compared pre-existing conditions to a car accident that is the driver’s fault.
- Hudgens thought that insurance companies that make billions in profits every year should be allowed to refuse coverage to people.
- He thought it was more important for him to protect his allies in the insurance industry than to stand up for Georgia families.
- He campaigned to prevent Georgians from benefitting from the Affordable Care Act.
- Just two months ago he approved premium increases of more than 50 percent for the four companies still participating in Georgia’s health care exchange next year.
Running to replace him are Democrats Janice Laws and Cindy Zeldin and Republicans Jim Beck, Jay Florence and Tracy Jordan.
The labor commissioner is responsible for implementing the state’s labor regulations, including operating its unemployment insurance and rehabilitation programs.
Republican Mark Butler has served in this position since 2011, and he’s running for re-election again. This time, he’s up against two Democrats: Richard Keatley and Fred Quinn.
These are just the some of statewide offices, and while they’re important, they’re only a handful of the elections happening around the state this year. Be sure to check out what’s happening at your local level.
Also, check out the other statewide offices open for election, including governor.
Are you ready to be a part of the progressive wave that’s in full swing in Georgia?
Register to vote or update your registration by April 24 to be eligible to vote in the May primary. To register online, go to the Voter Registration at the Secretary of State website. To register in person, head to a DMV near you.