He held himself out as a voice for consumers. Now, that voice will remain silent.

Terry Dunn, the former Alabama Public Service Commissioner, died Monday en route to a hospital in Gadsden at age 64 following a health decline.

Dunn was elected to the PSC, place one, in 2010. He served one four-year term, ending in 2015.

In 2013, he proposed holding formal hearings on utility rate increase requests rather than the "rate stabilization" formula to set rates. He did not get a second for his proposal on the three-member commission, and it died.

In 2014, Dunn was defeated for re-election by Chip Beeker, Greene County Commission chairman.  Beeker continues to serve on the PSC until this time.

Dunn served the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind as a longtime member of the board of trustees and its vice president. He successfully led a fight for the deaf community to keep $34 million for their Alabama Dual Relay Board.

Dunn was a general contractor. He got his big break with contracts with the Bruno brothers of Birmingham.

Dunn is survived by his wife Alicia and daughter Andrea of Gadsden.

Arrangements are pending.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected].

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