Oden announces bid for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1
VINEMONT – Saturday evening, amongst family, friends, and neighbors, Public Service Commissioner Jeremy H. Oden announced his intent to seek nomination for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1 in the June 2014 primary.
“I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be seeking the nomination for PSC Place 1 in June,” Oden told attendees at the family’s annual fireworks display. “I appreciate you all for coming out tonight to enjoy the fireworks display and hope that you all have great time.”
Oden was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley on Dec. 3, 2012, filling the vacated seat of Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh was elected PSC president in November 2012.
“It has been an honor to serve on the PSC, for which I thank Governor Bentley for appointing me to the position. Now I go before all of the people of this great state to seek their vote in 2014,” Oden said.
“I will continue to fight for a fair and open Public Service Commission, where the people have access, conservative business practices take place and economic development continues to create and maintain jobs.”
The evening’s festivities began shortly after 6 p.m., as more than thousand residents from Cullman, Marshall, and Blount County converged on Oden’s Farm, located just on the Eva and Vinemont lines, to find the best seats for the free fireworks display.
Watermelon, cold drinks, hot dogs, and chips kept everyone happy and fed, while noisemakers, poppers, and sparklers made sure the children were entertained before the big show. Oden’s brother, Jeff, said the tradition began 29 years ago as way for their father, Arrites, to give back to the community.
“Our father was a great Shriner clown, who everyone knew as Bojack the Clown,” Jeff Oden said while watching the fireworks display. “He wanted to give back to the community who he loved, the community he supported. Ever since the first year we’ve always had a great crowd.”
One couple who’ve known Commissioner Oden since his first election for District 11 State Representative, are Richard and Kay Burks of Holly Pond.
Richard said the he, “met him when he was running for office the first time. I believe he is an honest man; always has and always will.”
Kay echoed her husband’s response and added, “I think he is a very good person, he’s honest, and he always has time to listen to you if there’s a problem. He’s a good religious man and he will help you any way he can.”
Oden, who has served as a commissioner for less than a year, said he has learned a lot during his short term. His involvement in upcoming federal regulations and understanding of the energy industry in the state makes his re-election crucial for the people of Alabama. His self-proclaimed vocal approach when dealing with issues concerning Alabama and the nation as a whole shows his commitment to the public.
In December, at Oden’s swearing in ceremony, Gov. Bentley said, “I’ve known Jeremy for many years, and I know him to be a dedicated public servant who wants the best for the people of Alabama. I approached him about serving as a commissioner because of that dedication to public service. He will represent the needs of consumers in a fair and responsible manner. People across the state will benefit from his service on the commission.”
The election will follow the state election cycle in 2014, with a primary set for June and general election in November.
Before serving as PSC Commissioner, Oden represented the people of District 11 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A lifelong Republican, Oden was first elected to the House in 1998.
Prior to public office, Oden worked in the financial industry as a branch manager and vice president for Eva Bank in Cullman County.
He is married to Samantha Nelson Oden, and is the father to Anika Oden. Oden was a small business owner, primarily involved in the construction industry. He is an ordained minister at Abundant Grace Church in Cullman, and has a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College.
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