Christmann wins GOP PSC endorsement

BISMARCK–Assistant Senate Majority Leader Randy Christmann of Hazen received the Republican endorsement for Public Service Commission.

Christmann defeated Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, for the endorsement on an 847-668 vote. Christmann was three votes shy of the votes needed to win, but Thoreson moved unanimous approval of Christmann’s endorsement.

Christmann is a rancher who has served in the North Dakota Senate since 1994 and has been the assistant Senate majority leader since 2000.

Christmann, who represents the area of the state known as Coal Country, said he’s worked with many of the same issues that the Public Service Commission addresses.

Brad Crabtree, who ranches in Dickey County, received the Democratic-NPL endorsement for the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The candidates are vying for the seat now held by Republican Tony Clark, who is not seeking re-election.

The Public Service Commission has varying degrees of authority over electric and gas utilities, telecommunications companies, power plant, transmission line and pipeline siting, railroads, grain elevators, auctioneers and auction clerks, weighing and measuring devices, pipeline safety and coal mine reclamation.

Commissioners serve six-year terms. The annual salary is $92,826.

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