An article written in May about Lindy Miller and her quest to become the first Jewish woman to win a statewide partisan election was the second most-viewed piece on the Atlanta Jewish Times website for 2018.
Miller ran as a Democrat representing District 3 on the Public Service Commission, which sets rates for electricity, natural gas and telecommunications.
After handily winning a three-candidate Democratic primary in May, Miller finished second to Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton in the Nov. 6 general election. Because the votes garnered by a Libertarian candidate prevented either Miller or Eaton from winning a majority of the ballots cast, they advanced to a Dec. 4 runoff, where Eaton defeated Miller, 51.75 percent to 48.25 percent.
Miller, a member of Congregation Shearith Israel and an AJT 2017 “40-Under-40” selection, came to the race having worked for 13 years at Deloitte, a global business consulting firm, where she rose to associate director of public policy. She also co-founded a solar energy company, Cherry Street Energy.
Miller connected Jewish values to her campaign.
“This is a seat about social justice. When we think about how we grow the state, is our growth inclusive, or is it leaving people behind? That’s a Jewish value. When we think about the burdens people bear to meet their everyday needs, we have many ethics in Judaism and many commandments that require us to think about the vulnerable. And this is a seat that shapes our energy policy and therefore impacts our environment. And when you think about tikkun olam, of repairing the world, this is a seat that matters,” she said.
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