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Susan Parker will make difference on state PSC

A caller to a statewide radio show Election Day volunteered that he had voted for "that Suzie Parker" because she is a fine little lady.

In a state that is increasingly Republican, Susan Parker has used her much-deserved reputation to win three statewide elections as a Democrat and to scare the socks off a sitting U.S. senator.

She won a seat on the Alabama Public Commission on Tuesday, which is without doubt a victory for the people of Alabama. Her opponent was Perry Hooper Jr., a tainted former legislator from Montgomery.

She brings to office a keen intellect, a vitality and determination to balance her role as regulator of utilities and transportation companies while serving ratepayers.

Some PSC members allow themselves to be quietly co-opted to serve the utilities; others use Alabama Power Co., as a political vehicle to run for higher public office.

Don't look for Ms. Parker to fall into either category. She will be fair to both sides. Equally important, she will be an active participant in the work the commission does.

After more than two decades on the PSC, President Jim Sullivan and 16-year-member Jan Cook appear too comfortable in their roles. Expect Ms. Parker to challenge assumptions and to press for action when it is needed.

The voters indeed win with "that Suzie Parker."

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