Brad Crabtree and Randy Christmann have taken decidedly different paths in their quest to earn a seat on the Public Service Commission. Whoever joins the commission must have a breadth of experience and knowledge that covers issues from oil pipeline siting to wind farm regulations to coal reclamation to telecommunication concerns. That candidate is Christmann.
The three-member PSC plays a key role in shaping North Dakota's future, especially during an energy boom that has seen exploding growth in the oil industry as well as increased roles for coal and wind production. The PSC also regulates a lot of important items that don't necessarily draw a lot of attention, but it's comforting to know the commission is overseeing issues relating to weights and measures, notably all sorts of scales scales and gas pumps.
Christmann, a lifelong rancher in the Hazen area, brings a more complete range of firsthand experience to the job. He's been a respected member of the state Senate since 1994. He's a longtime board member of a telecommunications co-op. He's also a private landowner with personal knowledge of dealing with energy companies and siting concerns.
We believe Christmann's let's-work-together attitude and disposition would be less divisive than Crabtree's ideological approach to the position. Christmann describes himself as "a low-key, background person who likes to do the grunt work."
The Minot Daily News endorses Randy Christmann for the Public Service Commission.