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Utility-consumer balance at issue in Georgia PSC runoff

Georgia’s pair of U.S. Senate runoffs have prompted hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign...
Georgia’s pair of U.S. Senate runoffs have prompted hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending.(WSAZ)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 1:02 PM EST
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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s pair of U.S. Senate runoffs have prompted hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending.

But the low-profile runoff for the state’s Public Service Commission is no small matter either, with billions of dollars in utility bills at stake.

Incumbent Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonald has been on the utility regulator for 22 years and is trying to win a fourth six-year term. Democrat Daniel Blackman is trying to break the exclusively Republican grip on the five-seat body.

McDonald argues that he’s struck the right balance between the company and consumers. Blackman argues a shift is needed to more fairly balance utility and customer interests.

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