PUF: You've been on the Commission for about twelve years. What led you to this role?
Commissioner Eaton: I'd always had an interest in politics and have a finance background with an accounting degree. I started looking at the job and realized that this had more in common with being a financial analyst than any other job. So, I thought that it lined up with what I enjoy.
I jumped in and ran for office. A lot of it was traveling the state and interviewing with the media. I was going to forums.
It's not typically an office that you can raise a ton of money for. There wasn't a lot of advertising involved. I did a little bit of targeted advertising, then won the primary fairly easily.
We had a general election, and then had a runoff. We have runoffs here in Georgia, so you can get fifty percent of the vote.
It was an incumbent that I was running against. There's usually a Libertarian involved in different statewide races, so that was enough to throw it into a runoff. Then I ran in the runoff, and I won the runoff fairly easily.
PUF: What was your platform as to why you should be elected?
Commissioner Eaton: The message was, and is still today, one of responsibly running our utilities. Much was focused on energy prices and what we could do to try to hold them in line. What I've done since then is continue to try to invest in diversity of generation.