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Utility Regulators Keep Seats
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Incumbent Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise, a Republican, defeated Libertarian David Staples Tuesday for the District 5 seat. (photo courtesy stanwise.com)
Incumbent Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise, a Republican, defeated Libertarian David Staples Tuesday for the District 5 seat. (photo courtesy stanwise.com)
Two Republicans have defeated challengers to retain their seats on Georgia's Public Service Commission.

Commissioner Chuck Eaton defeated Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer for the District 3 seat on the panel, which regulates electric and other utilities in the state. The district covers metro Atlanta, although the seat is elected statewide.

In western Georgia, Commissioner Stan Wise, a Republican, defeated Libertarian David Staples for the District 5 seat. No Democratic candidate qualified in that race, which is also elected statewide.

Since it oversees utility companies, the commission makes decision worth billions of dollars for consumers.