Daniel Blackman (D)


Daniel Blackman is the Democratic candidate running for the District 4 seat on Georgia’s Public Service Commission. A previous 2014 candidate for Public Service Commissioner, has run against McDonald Jr. before. If elected, Blackman would become only the second/third (depending on the District 1 race)  Black commissioner in Georgia PSC’s history. A large part of Blackman’s platform is to ensure that the electric grid is secure and resilient to attacks, extreme weather and operational mishaps. 


  • Will protect Georgia’s energy workforce by advocating for stronger regulations and increased safety measures for workers
  • Will expand Georgia’s energy workforce by promoting energy and career education and training in highschools and colleges 


  • Ensure that all Georgians in every region have access to high speed internet and broadband technology in an effort to bridge the gap between Georgia’s richest and Georgia’s poorest 

Renewable Energy 

  • Will reject the fossil fuel industry and its money 
  • Supports some aspects of the Green New Deal and says that MacDonald’s 20 year Integrated Resource Plan “doesn’t have to be sacrificed” 

Cost of Energy 

  • Will work to create assistance programs with service providers and community organizations to help those who need it afford their utilities. 
  • Specifically, he will decrease the cost of hook ups and increase weatherization assistance so families’ houses can be more energy efficient. 
  • Will work to mitigate the effects of the Trump administrations rollback of the Low income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 


  • Disagrees with the current commissioners’ handling of Plant Vogtle but does not support ending the project. Instead, he says he would work to limit the project’s cost overruns to ratepayers.