ATLANTA -- A Republican is fighting for another six-year term on the Georgia Public Service Commission, the panel that regulates electric and other utilities in the state.
Chuck Eaton is facing a challenge from Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer in District 3, which covers metro Atlanta. Also running is Libertarian Brad Ploeger, a small business owner.
Campaign finance reports for the period ending Sept. 30 show Oppenheimer has caught up with Eaton in fundraising. Oppenheimer has $90,000 on hand compared with Eaton's $56,000.
Eaton, who was first elected to the commission in 2006, touts his work to craft legislation that repealed the sales tax on energy used by manufacturers. Oppenheimer has pledged to work toward diversifying the state's energy industry by investing in alternative energy such as solar and wind.