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Democrat Cindy Zeldin announces campaign for Insurance Commissioner

It’s time for a change at the Insurance Commissioner’s Office–which has long worked against people like you. I’m running to change that and put you and your family first.

Rate increases. Ethics investigations. Conflicts of interest. Budget crises.

These abuses have defined the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner since 1994 under John Oxendine and Ralph Hudgens.

Georgians deserve better. That’s why Cindy Zeldin will transform this office by fighting to make insurance more transparent, affordable, and fair for Georgia families.

“I look forward to traveling across Georgia to ensure that families from Glenwood to Riverdale to Sparta to Talbotton know what this office can – and should – be doing for consumers if its leadership focused on their needs and the real challenges they face,” said Zeldin, who recently stepped down as executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, the only statewide organization dedicated to advocating for better health care for Georgian families, to seek this office.

In her role at Georgians for a Healthy Future, Cindy worked hand-in-hand with consumers and policymakers in both parties to make changes that make Georgia a better place to live and work. In recognition of her strong track record of representing consumers, Zeldin
was appointed to serve as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 2012 to 2017, and in 2011, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed her to the bipartisan Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Committee.

“Cindy is a breath of fresh air in Georgia politics,” said former State Senator Jason Carter, the 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor. “I’m supporting her because I know her focus every day will be to ensure that Georgians are treated fairly by insurance companies and have an advocate to fight for them when they’re not. These are human issues, not partisan issues. I know Cindy will lead this office prioritizing people over partisan politics.”

Zeldin, 41, has a strong track record of standing up for all Georgians, including leading efforts to pass bipartisan legislation in 2016 that requires health insurers to put out accurate, up-to-date information about which doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers a patient can see. Gov. Nathan Deal signed this legislation into law on April 26, 2016.

“We heard time and again that health care provider directories, the only real tool that patients and consumers have to find out which doctors and hospitals are in their plan, were confusing and riddled with errors,” Zeldin said of the need for SB 302.

“I was proud to work with a range of stakeholders and legislators in both parties to hold insurance companies accountable for the accuracy of the information they provide to consumers and to make it easier for people to find critical information about their health plan.”

Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, a co-sponsor of SB 302 and Zeldin’s campaign chair, said this bipartisan success is the perfect example of Zeldin’s approach to her work. “Cindy may have a D by her name, but it might as well be a P because her track record is rooted in
always putting people first,” Parent said. “It’s past time that the people of our state had an Insurance Commissioner that consistently acted in their best interests instead of the best interests of themselves and massive insurance companies.”

Adrienne White was excited to sign on as Cindy’s campaign treasurer to support a candidate that understands the pocketbook issues of all Georgians. “Our auto insurance can’t keep increasing at the rates they have been since 2011,” said White, current president of Red
Clay Democrats and former chair of Georgia’s WIN List. “Cindy is the only candidate for this job who will place the needs of all Georgians ahead of industry profits. Cindy knows families shouldn’t be spending more of their income on insurance. It’s time for
smart insurance choices for everyone. And Cindy’s the woman to fight for us in this role.”