Having served one year by appointment from Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) place 1, Jeremy H. Oden (R) recently announced the launch of his campaign to seek election to the position in the upcoming 2014 electoral process.
Commissioner Oden is not new to public service in the State of Alabama. Prior to his appointment, Oden was elected to serve as a legislator in the Alabama House of Representatives for 4 consecutive terms, representing District 11 (encompassing parts of Cullman, Blount and Morgan counties). Jeremy, his wife and daughter live in his native Cullman county, but says, “The entire state of Alabama is our home”.
“It has been a sharp learning curve over the last year, immediately upon my appointment we began reviewing the three major utilities in the state. Through that process I learned how important our involvement is in the energy production in this country. I also learned that the PSC is involved with more than just energy concerns. We monitor the safety of railroads and gas pipelines and regulate land based telephone companies and private wastewater and water systems.”
“As commissioner I’ve repeatedly said that the state and our nation must be aware of the importance of the affordability and reliability of energy. We all want cheap energy, but we also expect the lights to come when a switch is flipped. I will strive to foster economic development by keeping energy cost down, in an effort to attract and retain industry throughout the state. I will also continue to push back against the overreaching arm of the federal government’s radical EPA. I will continue to fight for a fair and open Public Service Commission, where the public has increased accessibility, conservative business practices are implemented, and economic development continues to create and maintain jobs.”
Throughout his career, Commissioner Oden has established a reputation for being one of the most accessible and transparent individuals involved in public service in Alabama. With the aide of campaign manager Parker Moore, he has assembled a team of the highest integrity to assist him. The campaign will officially kick off by hosting 3 meet and greet sessions in the next two weeks.
These meetings will occur:
December 5th from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Oneonta, AL;
Dec 10th from 5:00-6:30 pm at StoneBridge Farms, Cullman AL;
And the third event is a reception to be hosted at the official campaign headquarters located at Knox Hall, 419 South Perry Street, Montgomery AL, on December 12th from 5:00-7:00 pm.
All are open to the public.
To get the latest updates on the campaign please visit www.jeremyhoden.com, Twitter, and on Facebook.
“During this campaign I am eager to see old friends and acquaintances from across the state, and look forward to making new ones as well. I will be at many meetings and events across the state and encourage everyone to come out and express their concerns or just say hello.”