The short answer as to why LGBTQ voters should care about candidates running for seats on the Georgia Public Service Commission is simple: The PSC regulates the utility industry, so its issues affect us all, no matter how we identify.
Lindy Miller is running for one of two open seats on this statewide commission – the District 3 seat, and you should know that she is a staunch ally of our community. She cares about the issues many of us care about, and she has the experience, education and character to bring a fresh, reasoned voice to the PSC.
When you’re voting for a PSC candidate, you’re voting for someone who can affect the rates, reliability and choices of telecommunications, electric and natural gas services providers in our state. They shape our energy policy – so if you care about the environment, this should be a focus for you.
Lindy is a policy practitioner, entrepreneur and community organizer, with decades of experience, analytical skills and, notably, empathy. She’s also a busy mom; she lives with her Rabbi husband, a professor of bioethics at Emory, and three boys in Decatur, less than 10 miles from where she was born and raised. She has lived abroad multiple times, but proudly calls Georgia home, and we’re glad she’s chosen now as the time to step forward and further her public service.
She has been campaigning hard across Georgia and says people everywhere are looking for ways to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets, so they can invest in their own families, businesses and communities.
We need independent leaders like her who bring a vision: for new opportunities via lower bills, job creation and a brighter future. Lindy will ensure we’re all treated fairly by the utility providers who pledge to serve us, so we don’t leave people behind in the new energy economy.
Lindy’s credentials are too many to list, but we want to share a few. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford for a year. She holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Lindy spent 13 years at Deloitte, the professional services firm, leading public policy globally in her last three years. And she co-founded Cherry Street Energy, a renewable energy company.
She gives back in myriad ways, from serving as a classroom parent for her kids to serving on the boards of her synagogue and organizations like GiveWell, which works on poverty alleviation.
Lindy understands that a vibrant economy must welcome and foster a diverse workforce. For instance, she knows that minorities – including LGBTQ people – are under-represented in the energy sector. She recognizes that we have the opportunity to invest in tens of thousands of new advanced energy jobs across Georgia, and we want to help her do that.
Lindy wants to change the fact that citizens across our state are paying more to meet their energy needs than almost anywhere else in the country. She puts it plainly: No one should have to choose between keeping the lights on or putting food on the table, and it’s time to bring more diversity and reflective democracy to all our state offices. Lindy would be the first Democratic woman ever elected to any of the five seats on the commission, and the first Jewish woman ever elected statewide to a partisan seat.
In the May 22 primary election – or before, if you take advantage of early voting options – we hope you’ll help Lindy help Georgia. In service to you on the Public Service Commission, she pledges to put an end to high utility bills and bad politics, paving the way for opportunities for all Georgians. That’s why we’re on Team Lindy.
The above column supporting Lindy Miller, who was recently endorsed by Georgia Stonewall Democrats, is from LGBTQ supporters Malik Brown, Edie Cofrin, LeeAnn Jones and Rabbi Joshua Lesser.
Brown is LGBT Affairs Coordinator for the City of Atlanta and serves on the Human Rights Campaign’s National Board of Governors. Cofrin is a philanthropist and community volunteer. Jones is a veteran trial lawyer, mediator and a Partner at Taylor English Duma, LLP, whose clients have included businesses of all sizes in the manufacturing, technology, health care, environmental and energy sectors. Lesser leads Congregation Bet Haverim, and is the founder of SOJOURN, the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity.