Edwards currently serves as a commissioner in the Athens-Clarke County unified government. In 2010, he ran for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District but lost in the general election to Republican Paul Broun.
Durand did not comment on the suspension of Edwards’ campaign.
The move leaves Durand as the likely Democratic nominee to face Echols in the general election this fall. Echols is seeking his third six-year term on the commission.
Seats on the Public Service Commission are voted on statewide, but the candidates must live in the district he or she is representing. In the case of District 2, that’s much of eastern Georgia.
The Public Service Commission is a somewhat obscure state regulatory body, but its five members play a key role in deciding where much of the energy used in Georgia comes from and how much customers pay for it. Most notably, the PSC is tasked with regulating Georgia Power — the state’s largest electric utility, with nearly 2.7 million residential and commercial customers.