The current Chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission is running for another six-year term on the PSC.
Randy Christmann (R) was first elected in 2012. He formerly was a state Senator from Hazen. He told reporters and supporters in Bismarck he “loves his job” – and he believes in public service.
"Serving the public means making sure consumers get quality service at the best possible prices from regulated monopoly companies," Christmann said. "They don't have a choice on where to go for those services. I think we're doing that very well."
Christmann said the state has some of the lowest electricity rates in the country.
Christmann also touted the Commission’s work to make sure that gas pumps are accurate, and in reclaiming coal mined land. He said he’s also proud of a new initiative – to set standards for the reclamation of wind farms.
"At the end of the day, sometime, everything becomes obsolete," Christmann said. "I do not intend to see future generations saddled with hundreds of thousands of acres of obsolete, dilapidated wind turbines. We're going to make sure that does not happen."
Christmann won’t be the only commissioner on the ballot. Brian Kroshus was appointed by Governor Burgum in 2017 to fill the seat vacated by Brian Kalk. He will be on the ballot, to complete the remaining two years in Kalk’s term.