DOU­GLAS

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“I’ve looked at the PSC for a long time as a key agency in Ge­or­gia. It’s an agency that tends to get very lit­tle pub­lic­ity, but it’s very im­por­tant for con­sumers. In some places I think I can have a pos­i­tive im­pact, and I want to put my name out there for the vot­ers of Ge­or­gia,” Dou­glas said late Tues­day.

“My goal is to work to main­tain rea­son­able rates for con­sumers in the state. We’re in a ter­ri­ble re­ces­sion. The more money we take out of con­sumer wal­lets the less chance we have of get­ting out of the re­ces­sion. While I feel the agen­cies reg­u­lated by the PSC have to make a profit, that profit needs to be rea­son­able and bal­anced with the needs of the con­sumers.”

Dou­glas said he will not seek re­elec­tion for state se­nate be­cause he feels he has had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on vet­er­ans, the mil­i­tary and pub­lic safety of­fi­cials through his com­mit­tee work, and is ready for a new chal­lenge af­ter eight com­bined years in the Ge­or­gia house and se­nate.

Dou­glas

has

al­ready qual­i­fied for the PSC seat ac­cord­ing to the Sec­re­tary of State’s of­fice. In a press re­lease, Dou­glas said that Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Chip Rogers will serve as the hon­orary chair­man of Dou­glas’ cam­paign, and he listed 29 fel­low sen­a­tors who have en­dorsed him.

Dur­ing his ten­ure in the Ge­or­gia Se­nate, Dou­glas served as chair of the Vet­er­ans, Mil­i­tary and Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee, and as a mem­ber on the Ap­pro­pri­a­tions, Pub­lic Safety, Ethics, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence and Technology com­mit­tees.

He is a re­tired 18-year army of­fi­cer and, in ad­di­tion to be­ing a sen­a­tor, is a field rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Peace Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia. He was first elected to the Newton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in 1998, the Ge­or­gia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2002 and the Ge­or­gia Se­nate in 2004.

Flem­ing could not be reached for com­ment late Tues­day evening, but mul­ti­ple sources con­firmed that he is go­ing to run for the district 17 se­nate seat. He has not yet qual­i­fied. Flem­ing was the District 3 rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers from 2000 to 2008. His son Tim Flem­ing is the District 5 county com­mis­sioner.

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