Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tim Echols Update (in run-off w John Douglas, PSC race)

Echols: “I will be a strong consumer voice.”

Tim Echols and his grassroots campaign collected 35% of the GOP Primary vote Tuesday night putting him in a run-off against John Douglas.

“Jeff May called and said he will be supporting me in this run-off,” said Echols. “I am honored to have his support.”

Echols said that his team knocked on almost 50,000 doors and that consumers are concerned about rising utility bills.

My opponent in this PSC run-off voted to pre-charge consumers for infrastructure construction,” said Echols. “I disagree. Shareholders should bear that cost, and Georgia consumers should not be charged until the project is completed.”

Echols said he wants to continue the legacy of Baker and be Georgia’s “conservative consumer watchdog” on the Commission. “The PSC is the gatekeeper and makes sure the energy providers, phone companies and others regulated entities are held accountable,” said Echols. “I intend to ask the hard questions to these companies and make sure consumers are protected.”

Echols said that serving on the Public Service Commission is an incredibly complex job with a mountain of data that has to be analyzed before any hearing—a challenge he looks forward to. “The action of the PSC impacts your electric, gas and phone bill,” said Echols. “Voters can count on me to scrutinize all rate requests before the Commission.”

Echols has spent the last 15 years at the Georgia Capitol training young people and their parents on how the legislative process works. “Being involved in training others in how to impact public policy has prepared me for this position.”

Tim Echols has been married to Windy Davis Echols of Roswell 27 years and they have seven children ranging from a 21 year old to a 10 year old. Echols has three degrees from the University of Georgia. He is the author of the book "Real Citizenship," a primer on grassroots political activism. The book is available on Amazon. Echols has been active in GOP politics assisting candidates all over the country. He grew up in Clayton County and attended public schools there before attending the University of Georgia.


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