49th Legislative District Democratic ballot has two candidates

May 15, 2014
Peter J. Daley and Randy Barli

For the sixth time, Randy Barli is challenging incumbent State Rep. Peter J. Daley II for the Democratic nomination in the 49th Legislative District.

The winner of Tuesday’s contest will, in November, face Republican Bud Cook, 57, of West Pike Run Township, who is running unopposed in the primary.

Barli did not return calls to the Observer-Reporter or respond to an email.

On his website, Barli wrote, “Democrats appropriate resources (from the) bottom to top, Republicans, top to bottom. Neither doing their jobs, the middle is eliminated. Yet the very same elected officials are appropriating resources for our recover (sic); this is insanity, doing the same (and) expecting different results.”

He uses the slogan, “Rebuild America! Register, vote, run for office!”

Barli also ran unsucessfully for a Democratic nomination as a Washington County commissioner candidate in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Daley, Democratic chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, convened public hearings aimed at a legislative overhaul of the way variable-rate electric plans are marketed and regulated because some consumers’ electric-generation bills skyrocketed because of high demand during relentless cold this past winter.

The state Public Utility Commission reported receiving 4,800 complaints and almost 9,000 calls regarding high electric bills this winter, according to Daley’s website.

Daley’s committee unanimously approved Bill 2104, which prohibits low teaser rates of less 60 days, bans cancellation fees on variable-rate products and specifies variable rates for residential or small commercial customers may not increase more than 30 percent from the previous rate.

The bill also requires clearer and more prominent information on rates, fees, formulas and terms in contracts and marketing material.

The Legislature reconvenes in June.

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.

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