Politics & Government

Moffett says he’s running for state office

Keith Moffett, the city of Macon’s external affairs director, announced Tuesday evening at a small, private party that he plans to run for a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission.

The commission is the state body that regulates the rates of utilities in the state. The seat Moffett is eyeing has been occupied by Robert “Bobby” Baker, a Republican from Clarke County. In fact, all five members of the commission are white, male Republicans, which caused Moffett — a black Democrat — to say, “There’s no diversity.”

Moffett said he was recruited by the state Democratic Party.

Moffett ran against current Councilman Rick Hutto and former Councilwoman Brenda Youmas for the Ward 1, Post 1 citywide seat before becoming the internal affairs director, serving as the primary liaison between the mayor and City Council.

Hutto won the race with 53 percent of the vote with Youmas finishing with 29 percent and Moffett with 17 percent.

Moffett said he plans to continue working for the city, perhaps taking a leave of absence in October to campaign for the statewide position.