Last week, Georgia’s Public Service Commission, a group made up of five white, male Republicans, voted unanimously to continue the construction of two nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, which is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
With this vote, they’ve also agreed to continue to force ratepayers to pay for the additional costs resulting from Georgia Power’s mismanagement of the project. In fact, we should expect to start paying even more as the project continues.
The commissioner for each district is elected by a statewide election, which means the voters’ voices in that district are diluted.
We can see this in action: five white, male Republicans do not represent Georgia. They don’t represent districts like Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton Counties, which are heavily Democratic and have a significant amount of minority voters.
The advantage of a statewide election, however, is that YOU can push out these conservatives and usher in progressive candidates.
In 2018, we can show two commissioners — Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise — that they do not represent Georgia.
We can hold Eaton and Wise accountable for the disastrous decisions they’ve made as they pushed forward this failing project.
Though Wise claimed in October that he will not be running for reelection, we can still send a message.
Let’s show him what we think of his legacy. Let’s replace him with a more progressive candidate who will fight to undo the damage he caused.
For the 2018 election, candidates will begin qualifying to run in March. In May, voters can cast their ballot in the party primaries to see which candidates will face off in the November race.
Let’s replace these out-of-touch, conservative commissioners with candidates that will represent Georgia.