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Published March 12, 2012, 07:14 PM

Crabtree Formally Announces Bid for ND PSC

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Renewable energy activist Brad Crabtree has officially announced his bid for the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Renewable energy activist Brad Crabtree has officially announced his bid for the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

The policy director for the Great Plains Institute who also ranches sheep and cattle near Ashley scheduled news conferences in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks on Monday. He is the first Democrat to announce a PSC campaign.

He's seeking the seat now held by Republican Tony Clark, who isn't seeking re-election. Republicans Blair Thoreson and Randy Christmann are competing for the GOP endorsement.

Crabtree ran for the PSC two years ago but lost. He says he thinks the PSC has become more closely aligned with the industries it regulates than with the people it serves, and he wants to change that.

The commission regulates everything from oil pipelines to electric power plants.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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