Craig Lutz to challenge Lauren “Bubba” McDonald for Public Service Commission


Craig Lutz to challenge Lauren “Bubba” McDonald for Public Service Commission

via Press Release:

Flowery Branch, GA – 7/22/2013 – Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz announces his candidacy in the Republican primary for Post 4 of the Public Service Commission which will be decided by voters next year.   Commissioner Lutz began his elected service to the public in 2008 as a City Council member in Flowery Branch, Georgia, which is located near Lake Lanier and approximately 45 minutes to the north of downtown Atlanta.  In 2010, Commissioner Lutz was elected as a Republican to the Hall County Commission with 84% of the vote where he has consistently stood out as a true advocate for the taxpayer by working hard to keep taxes low, government small and both government and people responsible.

As to why he has chosen to run for the Public Service Commission at this time, Commissioner Lutz feels that now is the time to put the concerns of the folks first in decisions made by the Public Service Commission.  He never could have believed how much of a blessing it has been to serve the public since taking his first seat as an elected official in 2008 and after lots of prayer, talking to his family and receiving the encouragement of so many friends and supporters, he is excited to become a candidate again and has confidence that he is the right leader to provide the same voice for ratepayers that he has given to taxpayers in Hall County for many years.

As an example of Commissioner Lutz’s passion for protecting the interests of Georgia ratepayers, he points to the recent debate over the Georgia Power 20 year plan involving solar power.  According to Commissioner Lutz, the Public Service Commission was designed to protect the consumer from State regulated monopolies yet he noticed that sharp, divisive lines were drawn between the solar special interests and the utility, setting up a classic battle situation in which the consumer always loses.  When asked, if elected, how he would represent the citizens differently than the incumbent, Lutz said:

“When elected to the Public Service Commission, my primary principle will be placing Georgians first. District 4 deserves a commissioner that will put the family and small business first when making decisions that will impact our budgets. Engaging in conflicts between special interest versus the utilities places our families in the crossfire.”

Commissioner Lutz is a military veteran having served in the United States Air Force.  Before entering elected service, he was employed for 16 years with BellSouth.  He resides in Flowery Branch with his wife Shanon Rumsey Lutz of 24 years and they have 2 daughters, ages 14 and 11.

To find out more about Commissioner Lutz’s campaign for Public Service Commissioner, please visit or call the campaign at (770) 338-4200.

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