Senator John Douglas, R-Social Circle, announced yesterday he would withdraw his qualification for re-election to Senate District 17
and become a candidate for the 2nd District Public Service Commission seat being vacated by the retiring Commissioner Bobby Baker.
"I have enjoyed every second of representing the five counties of the 17th District in the Georgia Senate. Now I will work to serve the people of the entire state on the Public Service Commission. While the PSC is little known to many Georgians, it's mission is to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced telecommunications, transportation, electric and natural gas services."
"I will use the experience I have gained at both the local and state level of government to ensure the people of Georgia are treated fairly by those companies for which the PSC has oversight. It is imperative that all members of the PSC bring the highest ethical and personal standards to the commission and I will be that candidate. I look forward to serving the people of this great state as a PSC Commissioner."
Senator Douglas announced that Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers will serves as the Honorary Chairman of his campaign. Said Senator Douglas, "I am humbled and honored by the support of my Senate brethren and am grateful to have the Senate Majority Leader take such an active role in my campaign."
During his tenure in the Georgia Senate, Douglas served as Chair of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee. He also served on the Appropriations, Public Safety, Ethics, Higher Education, Education and Science and Technology Committees.
Douglas, a retired Army officer, 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. Douglas, his wife Susan and daughter
Katherine reside in Newton County.