Why is this still going on?

This is nuts. The Roger Dozier feud over Bobby Baker’s residency has gotten old. Talk about a sore loser. Perhaps it would have been better to get this out of the way before the election.

6 comments

  1. drjay says:

    isn’t th rumor that some “foes” of his in the utility inustry have been footing the bill for this and rying to make his life uncomfortable…also i realize athens is not the other side of the world but my understanding of psc is that it is a very fulltime job that is situated in the atlanta area–if they want commissioners to spend moe time at home they should meet less often, move their meetings around, or eliminate the residency requirements altogether–also again from what i recall, residency requiements have a pretty low threshold anyway…

  2. Doug Deal says:

    District residency requirements are one of the silly requirements for elected office. If people in a district want to to be represented by someone who lives in Atlanta, so be it, if they don’t, then they are not required to vote for him.

  3. drjay says:

    district residency requirements are esp. bizarre for a statewide office-in theory a person could lose quite handily in there particular district (south ga–for instance) but still get elected quite handily by campaigning in the metro area for 6 months…either elect from a district OR statewide not both…

  4. drjay says:

    of course chuck eaton, who i am fond of, probably did not win his district either…baker could buy a house in south gwinnett and not worry about whether he lives in athens or dekalb…

  5. I agree with drjay. Either set up the PSC as an elected-by-district board and give those districts some real meaning or allow anyone in the state to run for any PSC seat on a statewide basis.

    These districts are a dumb holdover from the days of rural Democratic control when legislators wanted to ensure that the PSC wouldn’t be dominated by “Atlanta” incumbents. It’s time to restore some sanity to this process — I’m sure Bobby Baker would agree.

  6. ChuckEaton says:

    Dozier’s Attorney, Lee Parks, stated,”for the purpose of the election law’s goal of having officials represent the district they live in, a person’s actual residence — not just the one listed on paper — is where he spends the most time.”

    Hopefully Parks knows better than that, we are elected statewide and represent the entire state. I have no more allegence to the district I live in than the other districts. The PSC districts are simply a residency requirement.

    Besides, how can an elected official spend most of his time in a distant district from Atlanta when being a Commissioner is a full-time job.

    Chris is correct and the district requirement is a holdover. Dr. Jay is also correct, I would / did get clobbered in my residency district of Fulton, Dekalb, and Clayton counties. You could not draw a more Democrat district. Fortunately for me, I had the benefit of being elected statewide.

    Having PSC members represent a particular district is a bad idea. The issues we deal with, such as energy infastructure planning, are statewide issues and are not confined to any particular “district”.

    The only other state that has district requirements of its PSC Commissioners is Louisiana. And for the record about 1/3 of the states’ Commissioners are elected and the other 2/3’s are appointed.

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