2020 is a critical election year for the Montana Public Service Commission. The five-member PSC is one of the smallest but most powerful state agencies, responsible for regulating energy, telecommunications, water/sewer, transportation and pipeline utilities in the state. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms, each representing a district of Montana.
City Club Missoula on Monday, October 19 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. via Zoom) will feature a debate between the two candidates for the District 4 seat on the PSC (representing Lincoln, Sanders, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Granite and Ravalli counties). Come learn about the PSC’s functions and the candidates’ stands on the issues facing the commission.
State Sen. Jennifer Fielder (R-SD7), Republican candidate for District 4 on the Public Service Commission
Attorney Monica Tranel, Democratic candidate for District 4 on the Public Service Commission
Shane St Onge, MPA and Doctor candidate at the University of Montana, will provide an overview of the PSC’s duties and responsibilities.
Ray Ekness, director of the Broadcast Media Center at the University of Montana. Ray oversees both Montana Public Radio and the Missoula arm of Montana PBS.