Powder Springs, GA – Last week Cobb County businessman and seventh generation Georgian David Staples officially qualified with the Secretary of State’s office to run for the district 5 seat of the Public Service Commission in Georgia.
David is running as a Libertarian in a two way statewide race against the incumbent Republican, Stan Wise. There is no Democrat in this race. David has noted that the relationship between the utilities, their lobbyists, and their attorneys has become too cozy in Georgia and it is time for a change. The Commissioners are forbidden from taking campaign donations directly from the utilities they regulate. To get around this hurdle, they instead receive large donations from the utility executives, the attorneys that appear before
Libertarian David Staples qualifies for the Public Service Commission District 5 race. While the PSC has districts, it is actually a state wide race. Candidates must live in their districts, but all Georgians decide the winner
them representing the utilities, and the utility company lobbyists. Stan Wise has noted that this is completely legal – and he is right. This is certainly a protected form of free speech. However, Stan also has the right to return donations that could be considered a conflict of interest if he so chose. Nobody is forcing him to accept utility money.
Furthermore, David has noticed that on Stan’s Personal Financial Disclosure filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission that Stan possibly has something else to hide. Commissioners are forbidden from owning any stock in the utilities that they regulate. However, Stan has only listed one item under the Marketable Securities section – “401k and 457″ with a value of $319,000. Are voters just supposed to believe that even with a wife that works for a utility and a son-in-law that works for a utility’s attorneys that Stan doesn’t own any stock in the utilities themselves? This is not the openness and transparency in government that Georgia voters deserve. During the primary, Stan called his primary opponent a number of names and reminded voters that she left out certain items on her disclosures – yet Stan himself can’t seem to fill out the disclosures correctly either.
David believes it is time for a fresh face in the district 5 seat of the Georgia Public Service Commission. It is time that the citizens of Georgia had a voice representing all Georgians instead of just the utilities. By voting for David Staples on November 6th, Georgians can finally voice their opinion that they have had enough of the ethically challenged incumbent and send him back to insurance sales.