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Public Service Commission chairman to seek re-election

BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann will seek re-election this year, he announced Thursday, Jan. 25.

Christmann, a Republican, has been a member of the three-member commission since 2012 and currently serves as its chairman. The PSC regulates utilities, licenses grain elevators and is responsible for siting power plants and transmission lines, among other duties.

“It is vitally important that the commission retain a balanced approach to regulation of the industries we oversee, Christmann, a former state legislator, said in a statement. “We can and will protect the environment and responsibly develop North Dakota’s God-given resources for the benefit of its citizens.”

Christmann touted low utility rates under his watch, and said the commission’s mine and wind farm reclamation programs “are a model for the rest of the nation.”

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