District 2 Public Service Commission race

2012-05-05T00:10:00Z District 2 Public Service Commission race The Billings Gazette
May 05, 2012 12:10 am

Two Republicans and two Democrats filed for the Montana Public Service Commission District 2 seat that is being vacated by Brad Molnar of Laurel. Republican Al Garver of Billings has since announced that he has suspended his campaign. That leaves Kirk Bushman, an engineer from Billings, as the only GOP candidate actively campaigning.

Two other Billings residents are competing for the Democratic nomination: Lynda Moss, a state senator; and Chuck Tooley, former Billings mayor.

District 2 covers southeast Montana, taking in the counties of Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Treasure, Rosebud, Prairie, Custer, Fallon, Powder River and Carter.

Five district commissioners comprise the PSC. They are responsible for regulating electric, gas, telecommunication and transportation utilities serving most of Montana's population.

The Gazette asked Tooley, Moss and Bushman to answer this question: What experience do you have that qualifies you to make complex case decisions for Montana consumers and utility businesses?

Their responses are printed on today's Opinion page. Montana's primary election will be held on June 5, but voters who requested absentee ballots will be receiving them in the mail early next week.


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