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No contest: Voters need Susan Parker on PSC

Voters interested in protecting their wallets have an easy choice for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

That choice is Morgan County native Susan Parker, the former state auditor who brought long-needed accountability to that office. She will bring more accountability to the PSC, too.

Her opponent is former state legislator Perry Hooper Jr. of Montgomery whose record needs a lot of scrutiny and which brings questions about his ability to regulate utilities.

Even his opponent in the Republican primary warned voters against electing Mr. Hooper.

John Amari's campaign literature contained slogans such as, "If Perry Hooper Jr. wins, we lose. Elect anybody else."

Mr. Hooper received the largest fine ever meted out by the State Ethics Commission for failing to disclose commissions his company made on no-bid insurance contracts. His campaign contributions from sources close to the companies the PSC regulates should worry voters.

Susan Parker is smart, has a good work ethic, an excellent record of public service and, most of all, she is ethical.

She says electric and natural gas rates are the most important issues facing the PSC. We'd much rather have her deciding rate issues than to have Mr. Hooper and his political baggage doing so.

THE DAILY recommends Susan Parker for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission in the Nov. 7 general election.

Jan Cook for Place 1

Democrat Jan Cook has an unexplainable love affair with Alabama voters. She served eight years as state auditor in which her performance was average. She then ran for the Public Service Commission in 1990 and has served four terms.

It's difficult to fool voters over a 24-year span in public office. Accusations of taking campaign money for personal use and campaign contributions from political action committees funded by the companies the PSC regulates don't seem to faze voters.

Her opponent is former legislator John Rice of Opelika who must be commended for taking on the queen of Alabama politics. To have stayed in office for that long without a major slip-up is a feat in itself.

THE DAILY recommends re-election of Jan Cook to Place 1 on the Alabama Public Service Commission on Nov. 7.

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