BISMARCK — The chairman of North Dakota's top utility regulatory board announced earlier this month he will seek reelection in 2020.

Brian Kroshus, a Republican, was appointed to the Public Service Commission by Gov. Doug Burgum in 2017 and became chairman last year. He is serving out the term of fellow Republican Brian Kalk, who resigned to accept a position with the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota.

The Fargo native was elected by the public to serve on the three-member board in 2018 with more than 60% of the vote. Kroshus said he will prioritize responsible infrastructure development and affordable energy if elected to a 6-year term this year.

“While we’re fortunate to live in a state rich in natural resources, it’s critical to manage them in a way that balances economic development with sound environmental stewardship,” Kroshus said in a news release.

Kroshus unsuccessfully ran for state auditor in 2016, conceding to eventual winner Josh Gallion at the North Dakota Republican Party convention.

Before entering the political sphere, Kroshus spent three decades in the private sector, including 10 years in business operations with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He also spent 10 years as the publisher of the Bismarck Tribune.