Patty Durand

Patty Durand

Patty Durand, Candidate for Public Service Commissioner

Patty Durand (D) is running for Georgia District 2 Public Service Commissioner in 2022.

Durand’s website

Signature Issues

Lowering Energy Bills and Consumer Advocacy — Durand’s main focus is lowering energy bills for consumers and providing for a transparent billing process. She blames much of the expense on the cozy relationship between Public Service Commissioners and companies like Georgia Power.

Opposition to Plant Vogtle — Durand strongly opposes the nuclear plant Vogtle, calling it “Georgia’s Shame.” While she believes the project should be completed at this point, she feels the Public Service Commission’s 2017 decision to continue construction with no cost cap and no risk to Georgia Power was “disrespectful and irresponsible.”

“How much demand response, wind and solar, green hydrogen, storage, and energy efficiency would $30 billion have bought?” she asks.

Experience

Durand is a “longtime consumer advocate” and owner of “a consulting business with a focus on consumer engagement and education in energy and technology,” according to the Rome News-Tribune. Durand has never run for elected office before.

Controversy

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger disqualified Durand on the eve of the primary election, saying that she did not meet the residency requirement to run for this office. If that’s true, it’s because Durand was gerrymandered out of the district during redistricting, but she has since moved and now lives within it again. She is having to fight in court to remain in the race even after winning the Democratic nomination.

Interviews

APN interviewed Patty Durand about her candidacy in February 2022.

Election Results

2022 Democratic Primary

Patty Durand 60.4%
Russell Edwards – 39.6%

See other candidates running in the 2022 election in the Athens-area here.