Lavonia attorney Doug Kidd is throwing his hat into the ring for the job of Georgia Public Service Commissioner for District 4.
That district includes Stephens County and most of North Georgia.
Kidd announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination last week.
He is running against incumbent District 4 Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, who held the District 4 Commission seat from 1998 to 2002 and was re-elected in 2008.
Kidd said his campaign will focus on opening Georgia’s economy to newer and cheaper forms of energy and will aggressively advocate for fair and affordable energy rates.
He also said his campaign will push for stronger ethics rules for the commission, including tougher rules on ex parte communications.
Another reason he gave for running is to bring someone with knowledge of the law to the state’s Public Service Commission.
Kidd practices law in Franklin County, where he focuses his general practice on civil litigation and helping small businesses navigate the legal landscape.
He is a past president of the Northern Circuit Bar Association, and he currently serves on the oversight committee of the circuit’s public defender office.
Kidd lives in Lavonia with his wife Beth and their two-year-old son Henry.
The Georgia Public Service Commission has exclusive power to decide what are fair and reasonable rates for services under its jurisdiction.
Those services include things like electric power, natural gas, and various forms of telecommunications.