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South Hall commissioner to run for seat on state's Public Service Commission
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Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz intends to run for higher office.

Lutz announced Monday he will run in the Republican primary for the District 4 position on the Public Service Commission. The commission regulates utility services in the state.

The seat is currently held by Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr., a commissioner since 2009. The Clarkesville Republican’s term expires next year.

Lutz started his political career in 2008 as a member of the Flowery Branch City Council. He was elected to the county commission in 2010.

The county commissioner said he feels this is the time to put residents’ concerns first in decisions made by the state agency, according to a news release. Lutz said in a statement he will put families and small businesses first when making decisions.

“When elected to the Public Service Commission, my primary principle will be placing Georgians first,” Lutz said in the news release. “Engaging in conflicts between special interest versus the utilities places our families in the crossfire.”

Before running for public office, Lutz served in the U.S. Air Force and was employed by BellSouth for about 16 years.