Unofficial results showed that Wise, 60, of Marietta won roughly 57 percent of the vote against Pam Davidson, 49, an energy consultant from Douglasville. No Democrat qualified for the seat, so the winner of Tuesday’s primary will likely claim a six-year term on the commission. A Libertarian candidate, David Staples, 31, said he will attempt to qualify for the race today.
The contest between Wise, who has served on the commission since 1995, and Davidson had at times been sharp. Davidson faulted Wise for being too lax on the companies he regulates and accepting campaign contributions from people affiliated with those companies.
Meanwhile, Davidson found herself on the defensive, answering questions about her education and personal finances.
Early results showed that Eaton, 43, of Atlanta took about 60 percent of the vote against Matt Reid, 56, an engineer from Decatur. Eaton has been on the commission since 2006 and cited a recent reduction in the rates that Georgia Power charges its customers as proof of his financial stewardship.
Reid said he wants to see less regulation from the commission and an increase in private sector competition. Eaton will face Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.