PUF: How did you become a commissioner?
Commissioner Pridemore: I was appointed to the Public Service Commission in February 2018 by Governor Nathan Deal to finish out the remainder of Commissioner Stan Wise's term. He was chairman at the time, very widely known in the utilities industry, and widely respected. He is from the same part of Georgia where I live.
Commissioner Wise announced that he wasn't going to seek re-election, and I never would have run against him. I've known a good deal about the Public Service Commission, and the work that we do because I spent nearly two years with the State of Georgia running workforce development; so much of that work relates to the utilities industry.
Stan announced that he wasn't going to run again, and I decided that I would pursue the seat. I launched our campaign in November and had been campaigning for four months prior to Governor Deal asking me to take the appointment.
PUF: How does campaigning work?
Commissioner Pridemore: Because of my involvement with NARUC when I speak with my colleagues from other states, some are amazed that we're elected. Several of them ask a lot of questions about it, such as do I enjoy the process or what is the process like?