Doug Kidd announces candidacy for PSC

Doug Kidd, an attorney from Lavonia, announced his bid this morning for the Republican nomination for Public Service Commissioner (District 4).

Kidd will focus his campaign on newer and cheaper forms of energy and is positioning himself as a consumer advocate.

“Georgia is at a crossroads in the energy industry,” Kidd said via a statement. “It’s an exciting time. Solar and biofuels are becoming more viable alternatives because of rapidly improving technology and we’re still finding new ways to make traditional sources such as coal and natural gas be ever more plentiful and affordable.”

He’ll also emphasize ethics reform in his campaign. “As an attorney, I know how important it is for rule makers to be fair and impartial, and allowing unfettered contact between commissioners and the utilities they regulate undermines the legitimacy of the PSC,” he said. “We need to change that.”

Kidd’s law practice focuses on civil litigation and regulatory compliance for small businesses. He is, according to the release from his campaign, “a past president of the Northern Circuit Bar Association, and he currently serves on the oversight committee of the circuit’s public defender office.”

PSC District 4 covers north Georgia. Though PSC seats are divided into districts, this is a statewide race. Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz has also announced a bid for the seat.

Commissioner Bubba McDonald currently represents the district. As far as I can tell, he hasn’t announced his intention to seek re-election.

Disclosure: Doug and I both graduated from Eagles Landing High School in McDonough in the same year. We’ve remained friends.


  1. Scott65 says:

    It would be nice to have a candidate that actually acknowledges that they are there as advocates for consumers win. Stan Wise is the antithesis of that. I wish someone who could beat him would run against him. If people were clued in to a 100th of the crap he pulls on that commission he would be soundly defeated, but alas, people dont really follow this race even though its the one that will affect their bank account the most directly.

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