Seems being an incumbent in any office these days is a liability. People know what you stand for, can evaluate your decisions and voting record and challengers can unfortunately mis-appropriate your words to sway voters against you.
Sadly, that is exactly what one of the contenders for Public Service Commission is doing to Tim G. Echols. Rather than clearly stating her own position and why she would be the better candidate, this contender has taken Tim’s ardent support for electric vehicles in Georgia and oddly turned it into something it never was: a quest to line Tim’s own pockets with a ‘free car’.
If you know Tim even in the slightest, you know that, is not how he rolls!
Like many of us, through the availability of the Zero Emission Vehicle tax credit, Tim was able to afford a $35,000+ first generation electric vehicle and experience for himself the potential for electrification of the automobile and yes help EVangelize (as I do) the need for EVs in Georgia and to help combat non-attainment air quality in metro Atlanta.
Tim fought for the tax credit to the very end of the 2015 Georgia General Assembly Legislative Session, working with a diverse team spanning CleanCities Georgia, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the EV Club of the South to retain some level of tax incentive to realize the benefits of more drivers in Georgia behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.
Where were his opponents a year ago on this issue? Silent.
Tim has invested a lot of time learning about renewable energy sources and the economics behind these technologies. He hosts public forums, tirelessly travels around the State of Georgia advocating for these renewable resources and yes, has built the appropriate relationships with our state’s largest providers of energy: he challenges them!
So Georgia voters have a decision to make on May 24th about returning Tim G. Echols to the Public Service Commission. It’s clear how I am voting. Look at the facts and I think it will become clear to you as well.