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29 April 2010

Former Oxendine Campaign Manager Running For PSC

Tim Echols, who once served as manager of John Oxendine's gubernatorial campaign, announced today that he would be a candidate for Public Service Commission.

Bobby Baker, the incumbent, is not seeking re-election.

Below is the press release from Tim Echols:

Today, Tim Echols, John Oxendine’s Senior Policy Advisor, announced his candidacy for the Athens-area Public Service Commission seat being vacated by Robert Baker.

“Not having Bobby Baker on the Public Service Commission is a great loss for Georgia consumers,” said Echols. “I tried to talk him into running again, but he wants to give someone else a chance to serve. I believe I am the right person to keep it going.”

Echols said he wants to continue the legacy of Baker and be Georgia’s “conservative consumer watchdog” on the Commission.

“Regulated businesses send the bill for even their bad decisions to their customers,” said Echols. “The PSC is the gatekeeper and makes sure the energy providers, phone companies and others regulated entities are held accountable.”

Echols said that serving on the Public Service Commission is an incredibly complex job with a mountain of data that has to be analyzed before any hearing—a challenge he looks forward to. “The action of the PSC impacts your electric, gas and phone bill,” said Echols. “Voters can count on me to ask the hard questions and scrutinize all rate requests before the Commission.”

Echols said the Obama administration will soon take up “Cap and Trade,” and this could be devastating for Georgia. “If Obama’s Cap and Trade legislation passes, Georgia’s renewable energy portfolio standard will be set by the federal government—and it could be as high as 20 percent,” said Echols. “If that happens, the electric bill for everyone in this state will jump drastically.”
Tim Echols has been married to Windy Davis Echols of Roswell 26 years and they have seven children ranging from a 21 year old to a 9 year old. Echols has three degrees from the University of Georgia. He founded the youth organization, TeenPact, in 1994 and chairs the organization—now in 38 states. He is the author of the book "Real Citizenship," a primer on political activism. The book is available on Amazon. Echols has been active in GOP politics assisting candidates all over the country. He grew up in Clayton County and attended public schools there before attending the University of Georgia.