Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus (R) is seeking election to finish the remaining two years on former Commissioner Brian Kalk’s term.
Kroshus was appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum last year – and by state law, would have to run in the next statewide election if he wanted to keep his seat. Kalk resigned to take a job with the Energy and Environmental Research center in Grand Forks.
Kroshus told Bismarck reporters when he interviewed with the Governor and his staff, he told them one of his top priorities on the PSC would be to insure responsible infrastructure development.
"Our job is to make sure it's done right," Kroshus said. "Our job is to make sure that when infrastructure projects are presented, they're done responsibly, they're done correctly and they follow the rule of law. If they're not done correctly, it slows development."
Kroshus said he is occasionally asked if he is a cheerleader for industry.
"As a regulator, the answer is no," Kroshus said. "But as a private citizen, I am a cheerleader for North Dakota."
Kroshus said he believes in the incredible resources North Dakota has.
"You don't park tat completely at the door," Kroshus said. "But as you make regulatory decisions, you're neutral."
Kroshus said another priority is to make sure electric and natural gas rates for consumers remain affordable.
If Kroshus is elected in November, he could run for a full six year term on the Commission in 2020.