Several years ago, electric outages on our little block of south Bossier’s Bellaire subdivision were fairly common. It was not a rarity at all to have a power failure on perfect sunny spring day – or during a moderately rainy day – when surrounding areas did not lose power.
Finally tired of the problem and frequent calls to AEP-SWEPCO, I contacted Foster Campbell’s local Public Service Commission office and unloaded on a staff member. She patiently listened to my lengthy exasperation – and said the issue would be addressed. Within the next day or so, I had a call from an AEP-SWEPCO representative – who subsequently called every two or three days to describe the progress in finding and rectifying our block’s electrical issue. Our block now experiences about the same type of power outages as the surrounding south Bossier area.
More recently I had occasion to contact Campbell’s office on a more unusual little problem. As a result of my son’s move overseas, his change of address also sent all of my husband’s and my mail to an APO address in Holland. And apparently, the postal system notifies some mailers of this circumstance – which included AT&T. (We’re old – we still like paper bills.) We’ve had the account for so long that if there ever was a password, we couldn’t find a record of it – ergo, the address couldn’t be changed back to the one AT&T – Bell South – AT&T has billed for three decades.The day after I talked to Christopher at Foster Campbell’s office, we had a call from an AT&T representative. The address had been changed back to what it had been for so long.
Over the years, I’ve heard similar stories from others who’ve experienced the same level of public service from Campbell’s office.
Campbell, a former Louisiana State Senator (Dist. 36) was elected to the Public Service Commission in 2002; he was re-elected in 2008, taking nearly 80 percent of the vote. He represents 24 parishes.
And he represents us well – and he is up for re-election in November.
This is an election in which voter turnout is expected to be heavy, and the ballot full of issues and offices on which to cast votes. So it’s not too early to start considering some of those issues and choices.
Campbell’s re-election to the Public Service Commission should be one of those early considerations. It is rumored that he will have opposition. So, do we keep a dedicated public servant at work, or trade him in for an unknown.
Doesn’t look like too tough a choice from this viewpoint.
Marty Carlson is a columnist for the Bossier Press-Tribune. She may be reached via email at email@example.com