Sawnee EMC Board Candidate


My name is Steven Leibel and I am currently seeking the office of director for the Matt District #6 of the Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation. I have been married for 28 years to Julie Leibel and have three children.

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This election is an important milestone in how our electric membership cooperative is going to survive in the heavily regulated utility industry. As members, we need a tough advocate who is prepared to fight for electric consumers and business customers. I believe I am the right candidate for the job.

For more than 30 years, I have gained a reputation as a tough lawyer throughout North Georgia. I have fought on behalf of our Dawson County Sheriff, and represented business with strength, personal attention, and zealous representation necessary to achieve award winning verdicts and settlements.

I currently serve as a founder and Vice Chair of Foothills Community Bank, and as a board member of Legacy Link – Area Agency on Aging. I am a member of the Forsyth County Bar Association, and outside counsel for the Police Benevolent Association. I am a member of the Forsyth and Dawson County Chambers of Commerce. I graduated from Emory Law School and the North Central Police Academy and have served as a municipal court judge and on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. I was a governor’s appointee to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission where I was entrusted to vote on, and help manage funds for this multi-million dollar trust fund.

As an active business owner in our community, I have rehabilitated the Rug Outlet shopping center and opened the North Forsyth Law Center. I co-own 6140 Events with my wife, Julie Leibel. 6140 Events is North Forsyth and Dawson Counties’ Premier Event Venue. Both businesses are located on Georgia 400 just three miles south of the North GA Premium Outlet Mall, in Forsyth County.

I am seeking your vote as a director and want to serve the members of the greater Dawsonville and Forsyth areas. Following is a short list of what I plan to work on if elected:

  • Provide members with more information to safeguard personal information from those who will do harm to them.
  • Amend the Bylaws to allow electronic voting. This should be the last time you have to travel to vote.
  • Seek alternative ways to lower rates for all members by participating in energy alliances to get cheaper and more efficient costs to lower rates.
  • Give rate payers access to information and strategies to save money.
  • Have a strong voice not beholden to management, and to question and challenge management to do a better job.
  • Give incentives for customers to become more energy efficient, and to join in profitable ways to generate electricity.
  • Be a watchdog on management and allow for no rubber-stamping.

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