A Thomson man is throwing his hat into the state political ring.
Roger Dozier is running for the Georgia Public Service Commission.
Mr. Dozier could have an uphill battle ahead of him, though. He is running as a Republican against incumbent Robert Baker, who is also a Republican. The difference in the race, according to Mr. Dozier, is his experience.
"It goes back to my slogan: 'I have the experience that matters,'" he said. "I've worked with the commission and utilities and energy management for over 20 years. I felt like the commission could use that experience."
Mr. Dozier was born in Washington, Ga., and his family moved to McDuffie County before he was two years old. He grew up on a dairy farm on Cobbham Road and worked his way through college.
He is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science and Mechanical Engineering degree.
During his college career he participated in a co-op program with Georgia Power.
"I do have an engineering background," Mr. Dozier said. "So they're very excited that somebody could be on the commission that knows the business."
After 31 years with J.M. Huber, Mr. Dozier retired on May 31, 2002. His career consisted of the jobs of project engineer, chief engineer, energy manager and financial analyst.
He is also a former chairman of the Georgia Industrial Gas Group and held that post for 15 years. He is currently an energy consultant.
"I could make more money doing something else," he said. "I want to serve the public. I've got all this experience, and it's ideally suited for this job."
Mr. Dozier is a member of the First Baptist Church of Thomson where he has been a member of the choir and a volunteer with the youth group. He was also a former Boy Scout troop leader of the Winfield troop.
His vision for the public service commission is to encourage competition; improve energy conservation; reduce energy cost for customers through innovation; provide energy management experience to improve the regulation of utilities; encourage the use of renewable resources; ensure reliable service from utilities; and help fixed income, young adult and handicap consumers with utility costs.
"If I sit down with someone and explain to them my background and tell them who I'm running against and the fact that he's a lawyer, people are just jumping on the train," Mr. Dozier said. "And the train is moving faster and faster and building momentum."
Created in 1879 as the Railroad Commission of Georgia, the PSC has five members elected statewide. It holds jurisdiction over commercial transportation companies, investor-owned power and natural gas companies, commercial trucking safety and telephone companies.