Politics for Beginners: Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

While profiling the candidates for all of Georgia’s 2018 elections, I’ve been embarrassed to discover that I have forgotten most of what I learned from my civics classes about the roles of different branches of government. If this sounds like you, allow me to give you a politics refresher course.

Fifth lesson, what is the insurance and safety fire commissioner?

According to Georgia.gov, the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner “licenses and regulates insurance companies; ensures that insurance rates, rules, and forms comply with state law; investigates suspicions of insurance fraud; and conducts inspections of buildings and houses to prevent fire outbreak.”

In short, an insurance and safety fire commissioner is like a manager that ensures insurance companies are doing their jobs right and nobody is constructing a house that’s a fire hazard waiting to happen.

Right now, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner is Republican Ralph Hudgens who has held the job since 2010, but he is not listed as one of the candidates on ballotpedia.org to be elected at this position. He announced that he wanted to step down for reasons unknown at this time.

If you would like to choose Hudgens’ replacement, the election will be held on November 6.

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