John Noel, the former Georgia State Representative, successful small business owner and challenger candidate in the Georgia Public Service Commission District 3 statewide race against longtime incumbent Chuck Eaton, outraised Eaton by nearly $100,000 in just the first month of the race. In a race that has received significant coverage because of the Plant Vogtle financial and construction failures over the last few years, John Noel seemingly just reset the political landscape on the most important dark horse race in Georgia in 2018. At the close of 1st Quarter reporting, Noel reported raising $90,954.00 and yesterday Eaton reported raising $0. To put that is some perspective, the amount raised by the incumbent for the entire prior 2012 election was $306,581. Noel has, in a single month, essentially raised one-third of what Eaton did for his entire last election.
“We are grateful our message is resonating so well among hardworking Georgia families, small business owners and people of all political stripes sick and tired of paying billions of dollars into a failed and unneeded project. These same regulated utility entities then bankroll the very folks Georgians elect to regulate them and provide a check against such excess,” said Noel from his Riverside home today just after the filing of his financial disclosure report. “I’ve spent 20 years in the industry saving Georgians money through energy efficiency projects and common-sense methods. In my world, cost overruns and mismanagement don’t lead to higher CEO pay and more utility company profit. The time has come to hold those accountable rubber stamping a multi-billion dollar boondoggle at Plant Vogtle. Ultimately, to whom much is given, much is expected and Georgia’s PSC, especially while lead by Mr. Eaton, has let us down.”
John Noel is a successful small business owner, a 20 year homeowner in Atlanta, and a passionate community activist dedicated to making Georgia an even better place to live, work and raise a family. He is a candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2018. He is the founder and President of Energy + Environment LLC, which he started in Atlanta in 1999. E+E performs energy efficient contracting for businesses and homeowners, helping clients not only protect our planet, but saving them tens of millions of dollars over the past 20 years.
Noel served as the president of his Riverside neighborhood association, where he and his partner, Wendy Hogg, own a historic and energy efficient home. As our next Public Service Commissioner, Noel will ensure Georgia keeps up with the best energy technology, invests wisely in clean and renewable energy, and has a healthy mix of energy sources that save Georgia families money. He will push to improve internet access in rural areas of Georgia to finally bridge the digital divide keeping so many kids from their dreams. Lastly, John Noel will not allow Georgia taxpayer money to be wasted, as it has been, with Plant Vogtle being the most glaring example.