The election will be held Nov. 6. These local candidates in contested races will appear on the ballot.

U.S. House of Representatives

Sixth District

Rep. Tom Price

Tom Price (R) (I)

Occupation: Orthopedic Surgeon

Residence: Roswell

Experience in elective office:  was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Prior to going to Washington, he served four terms in the Georgia Senate – two as Minority Whip.  In 2002, he was a leader in the Republican renaissance in Georgia as the party took control of the state Senate, with Price rising to become the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia.

Other community experience or activities: Roswell Rotary Club

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

We face a real choice in this election between whether or not we continue down the current path which will lead to higher debt, higher taxes, and weak economic growth. Or do we change direction, and put in place pro-growth policies: a budget that puts us on a path to paying off our debt, lower taxes on families and small businesses, and fewer onerous regulations from Washington. Those are the policies I have and will continue to champion to get America back on the right track.”

If you are elected, what is the first thing you hope to address in Congress?

Our nation faces tremendous challenges. First and foremost is a still-struggling economy brought on by the threat of higher taxes and irresponsible regulation from Washington. My primary focus is on stopping the tax hikes, eliminating the threat of a looming fiscal cliff, and then getting Washington out of the way of small businesses so they can grow and create jobs.”

Jeff Kazanow

Jeff Kazanow (D)

Occupation: Consultant to Retailers and Manufacturers in Logistics Operations and Technology

Residence: East Cobb

Experience in elective office:  None

Other community experience or activities: Wheaton school board, Princeton Mill Home Owners Association

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I am a moderate Democrat that seeks to return balance and dialog to a dysfunctional, highly divisive Congress.  In my business life,  I work with all kinds of people and strive to bring consensus.  I will do the same in Congress.  I will work to get the people’s business done.  Compromise is not a dirty word; there is an acceptable middle ground. I will seek to build bridges between the parties and lead the moderates back to doing the work you elected us to perform.

If you are elected, what is the first thing you hope to address in Congress?

I will focus on activities to rebuild our decaying infrastructure and put America back to work. This will put Americans back to work and ultimately balance the budget. We have lost our focus on America’s greatness.  We are falling behind the rest of the industrial nations in our infrastructure, education, health care, and prosperity.  I will work with Democrats and Republicans to maintain and build our world standing.  Not only can we maintain our economic dominance, but we can expand it even further and I will work to make sure that our economy continues to grow.

Georgia Public Service Commission

Chuck Eaton

Chuck Eaton (R) (I)

Occupation: Public Service Commissioner

Residence: Atlanta

Experience in elective office: Elected to the PSC in 2006

Other community experience or activities: Chuck represented his neighborhood on a citizen group that made recommendations on local zoning, land use, public safety and community issues. In Troup County he served on the Board of Directors for Troup Haven House, a children’s shelter.

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I worked for the repeal of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, which Gov. Nathan Deal said helped bring new jobs to Georgia from Caterpillar and Baxter. As federal mandates by the Obama Administration drive up energy costs, I’ve worked to keep utility rates in Georgia among the lowest and led the PSC’s effort to lower electric rates by 6 percent. I have voted for a diverse mix of energy sources in the state’s energy portfolio, including solar energy projects, but will not allow liberal special interests to force subsidies for any energy source that is not price competitive.

If you are elected, what is the first thing you hope to address on the Public Service Commission?

On Nov. 7, 2012, I hope to address Mitt Romney as President Romney, so that Georgia has a partner at the federal level that will work for lower energy costs rather than working to drive up the cost of energy as the current administration is doing. On the Public Service Commission, I am preparing for the next round of cost hearings on Plant Vogtle’s new nuclear reactors to ensure that costs are kept in line. We will continue looking for ways to save Georgia families money on their monthly utility bills and lower rates to attract new jobs to Georgia.

Steve Oppenheimer

Stephen Oppenheimer (D)

Occupation: Retired dentist

Residence: Sandy Springs

Experience in elective office: None.

Other community experience or activitiesFor 30 years I have been involved in leadership in Atlanta, my children’s elementary, middle and high schools, organizations for college students, where I worship & on 2 national boards. My engagement in energy began 8 years ago with the bi-partisan Institute for Analysis of Global Security. I was on the committee to plan a National Energy Security Conference.  I am a Task Force Coordinator for Clean Cities-Atlanta, a Department of Energy program & served on the City of Atlanta’s Metro Atlanta Electric Vehicle Task Force.

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

 My academic background in science provides a foundation for me to understand energy. For over 20 years I operated a small business- my family dental practice. I understand the responsibilities and challenges faced by small business owners and homeowners. For eight years I have worked with bi-partisan groups led by experts on energy and energy security policy nationally and locally, which provide me a background on energy policy.  For 30 years I have held leadership roles in Atlanta and national organizations including building a student center at for Emory students that was completed on schedule and on budget.

If you are elected, what is the first thing you hope to address at the Public Service Commission? 

The Public Service Commission is to use its authority and influence to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced utility service.  Commissioners should proactively seek best practices around the country and the world to make certain our utilities remain affordable and help Georgia’s economy.  I’ll fight to make sure more of our power is produced right here in Georgia from diversified sources including natural gas, bio-fuels, solar and even wind of the coast. I will promote modern energy generation & management technologies including energy efficiency and smart grid technology.  Great energy expertise exists in Georgia, let’s leverage that!

Brad Ploeger

Brad Ploeger (L)

Occupation:  small business owner

Residence: Grant Park, Atlanta

Experience in elective office: none

Other community experience or activities: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta; board of a housing facility for lower income seniors in Midtown Atlanta.

 Why should the voters choose you for this position?

As a homeowner, advocate for affordable housing and small business owner I have seen firsthand how the decisions of the PSC affect ratepayers in Georgia.  When I looked at the PSC it became apparent quite quickly that the Commission has abandoned its job of protecting Georgia ratepayers.  I am running for Public Service Commission to shed light on the Commission and to raise public awareness for their activities.

If you are elected, what is the first thing you hope to address on the Public Service Commission?

My primary goal is to return the commission to its primary goal of protecting ratepayers in Georgia.  First and foremost I will work with both my fellow commissioners and the General Assembly to adopt meaningful ethics reform. These reforms include prohibiting contributions from interested parties, an outright ban on lobbyist gifts and full financial transparency.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.