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Patricia P. "Patty" Carson, the mayor of North, is one of six people who have applied as candidates for Seat 2 of the South Carolina Public Service Commission. 

Other candidates are James “Buddy” Atkins, Columbia; Florence P. Belser, Columbia; Bruce K. Cole, Columbia; Elliott F. Elam Jr., Lexington; and Brenton D. Jeffcoat, Lexington.

A public hearing regarding the qualifications of the candidates is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5.

"Because of my engineering discipline and background in government operations and finance, I was encouraged by fellow professionals to seek this opportunity," Carson said of her candidacy for Seat 2 on the PSC. "By combining my technical skills with business acumen in my capacity both as an engineer and now as mayor, my objective is the optimization of complex processes and systems, thus the retention of resources that generate value."

"My unique background and experience would bring an additional level of expertise to the PSC," she said.

For updated information as to the date, time and location of the public hearing on the candidates' qualifications, visit the Review Committee’s website at: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/CommitteeInfo/PublicUtilitiesReviewComm/2018PublicServiceCommissionScreeningInfo2.php.

Any person desiring to testify must furnish a written, notarized statement of his or her proposed testimony no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13. This statement should be mailed or delivered to: Heather Anderson, Committee Counsel, State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee, 102 Gressette Building, Post Office Box 142, Columbia, S.C. 29202

All testimony, including documents furnished to the committee, must be submitted under oath, and persons knowingly giving false information, either orally or in writing, shall be subject to penalty.

Any questions concerning the hearing and related proceedings should be directed to Heather Anderson at 803-212-6208.

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T&D Correspondent Ron Baxley Jr. contributed to this report.

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