Frank and Halpern: Vote for Lindy Miller
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Frank and Halpern: Vote for Lindy Miller

She's our homegrown choice to improve the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Making Israel the central issue can be a form of “othering” Jewish voters, Lindy Miller said.
Making Israel the central issue can be a form of “othering” Jewish voters, Lindy Miller said.

Lindy Miller, who is running for one of two open seats on the Georgia Public Service Commission, is an exemplary product of our very own Jewish community. While we are proud of Lindy and her early and continuing leadership in our community, there are more important reasons why you should vote for her in the Democratic primary election May 22.

We urge you to vote for and otherwise support Lindy because she has the experience, education and character to bring a fresh, reasoned voice to the PSC. That body regulates the utility industry, so its issues affect us all.

When you’re voting for a PSC candidate, you’re voting for someone who can affect the rates, reliability and choices of telecommunications, electric and natural gas service providers in our state. The decisions of the Public Services Commission shape our energy policies in Georgia, and these policies have a direct impact on our state’s economy and environment — and on the quality of life of everyone who lives here.

Lindy is an entrepreneur and community organizer with an impressive résumé, excellent analytical skills and decades of practical experience. She was born and raised in Sandy Springs and attended Atlanta Jewish Academy (then the Greenfield Hebrew Academy) for eight years.

Sherry Frank

Lindy has bachelor’s degrees in economics and philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Jewish Renaissance Fellowship in recognition of her commitment to Jewish life.

Lindy was also a visiting student at the University of Oxford and holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She spent 13 years at Deloitte, the professional services firm, leading public policy globally in her last three years. She co-founded Cherry Street Energy, a renewable energy company, while continuing to work full time.

Lindy is also a busy mom. She lives in Decatur with her rabbi husband, a professor of bioethics at Emory, and their three boys.

Jack Halpern

In her youth, Lindy was active at Congregation B’nai Torah, including serving as the youngest member of the choir, and she was a leader in BBYO. As an adult, Lindy has continued her leadership in our community and in 2017 was named by the Atlanta Jewish Times to its list of 40 Under 40.

She is on the board of Congregation Shearith Israel and has served on the boards of the Decatur Education Foundation and GiveWell, which focuses on poverty alleviation. Lindy was recently selected for the Wexner Heritage Program, an exclusive Jewish learning and leadership development program for 60 volunteer leaders from throughout North America.

Lindy has chosen to run for a seat on the Public Service Commission, and we need independent leaders like her to bring a clear vision for new opportunities to our state.

She wants to change the fact that citizens across Georgia are paying more to meet their energy needs than almost anyone else in the country. She puts it plainly: No one should have to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table.

Lindy pledges to put an end to ever-higher utility bills and bad politics, and she recognizes that we now have the opportunity to invest in tens of thousands of new, advanced energy jobs across Georgia. Lindy will help to accomplish these goals and will ensure that we’re all treated fairly by the utility providers who serve us.

We also believe that it’s time to bring more diversity to our state offices. Lindy would be the first Democratic woman ever elected to any of the five seats on the PSC and the first Jewish woman ever elected statewide.

In the May 22 primary election, we hope that you’ll help Lindy to help Georgia by voting for her to represent you on the Public Service Commission. Please join us on Team Lindy.

Sherry Frank is a community activist and former head of American Jewish Committee Atlanta. Jack Halpern is the chairman of Halpern Enterprises Inc. and widely recognized for his many community leadership posts.

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