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Eaton would be good foe for Burgess

Democratic PSC member David Burgess has no primary opposition. But two Republican newcomers, real estate agent Chuck Eaton and businessman Mark Parkman, are facing off for the chance to confront the incumbent.

Although a relatively evenhanded commissioner, Burgess deserves a good challenge for his often uncritical support of utilities' demands. Parkman stresses the "market" -- often code to allow utilities to go unregulated without substantial competition.

Eaton's platform is more palatable. He's for seeking alternative energy sources and for making utilities prove efficiency before granting them rate increases.

Although they must live in specific districts, Public Service Commission candidates appear on ballots statewide.

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Public Service Commission, District 5

Oust utilities' pal by choosing Nickell

Newt Nickell is running as a reformer in the Republican primary against the Public Service Commission's most aggressively pro-utility member, Stan Wise. We think Nickell's the kind of person consumers need to protect their interests against those of the well-heeled utilities the PSC regulates.

He describes himself as "pro-environment," but he would bring a manager's and a homeowner's perspective to the commission. A manager at IBM for 30 years, he founded a group called Homeowners Opposing Power Line Encroachment in Cobb County. He promises to make the commission more accountable to ordinary citizens.

Wise ran for election 12 years ago as a reformer but has instead consistently favored the interests of utilities over those of consumers. Nickell is unlikely to hit voters with the same kind of bait-and-switch.

Although they must live in specific districts, Public Service Commission candidates appear on ballots statewide.

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