Monday, April 09, 2012
4/11 in abq and 4/12 in sf: PRC Forums: Know Your Candidates! Public Regulation Commission Forums in Santa Fe, Albuquerque
PRC Forum Sponsors:
Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund, League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County (District 3 forum), New Energy Economy, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club.
What: PRC Candidate Forum, District 1 (Albuquerque area)
When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11
Where: UNM Continuing Education Center, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque
What: PRC Candidate Forum, District 3 (Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos, Española, Rio Rancho, Placitas)
When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12
Where: Santa Fe Woman's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe
Decisions made by the Public Regulation Commission touch the lives of every New Mexican in important ways. If you use electricity, natural gas, or a land-line telephone, purchase insurance, ride in shuttles or taxis, or your car is involuntarily towed, you use a service that is regulated by the Commission.
In 2012, two PRC seats are up for election, from the 1st and 3rd districts. The 1st District includes most of Albuquerque. The 3rd District includes Santa Fe, Española, Taos, Rio Rancho and parts of northwest Albuquerque. All candidates have been invited to attend the forum in their district.
“Clean-energy advocates are interested in hosting a forum that educates the community about the position of the PRC candidates so voters can be informed when they cast their vote,” said David Van Winkle, Energy Chair of the Rio Grande Chapter, Sierra Club. “We see the need to take decisive action to transition from coal to clean energy.”
Though many of the groups hosting the candidate forum are specifically interested in clean energy and the resulting benefits, the forum will address a host of PRC duties that impact citizens, including insurance rates and consumer protection in New Mexico, corporate registration, regulation of buses, shuttles, taxis, limousine companies, moving companies, ambulances and tow trucks, and more.
“The main point for New Energy Economy is that the agency be held accountable to its name: public regulation,” said Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director of New Energy Economy. “Thus far, coal companies have retained the lion's share of the energy market and put our life, water, and air in jeopardy. Frankly, the Commission has failed in its mission to regulate on behalf of the public and thus has caused New Mexicans to bear the economic and moral burden of sickness and environmental destruction, and forestall an opportunity to stimulate our clean energy economy.”
The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County is co-sponsoring the forum in Santa Fe.
Attendees can ask questions, hear candidate responses, and prepare to cast an informed vote on Election Day. The Albuquerque forum will be moderated by KNME's Gene Grant, and the Santa Fe forum will be moderated by KSFR's Bill Dupuy.
I attended the PRC Forum in Albuquerque tonight ..... and appreciated the good questions from the audience. There are clear differences between the three candidates. I hope voters will take this race seriously and consider each candidate carefully.
Posted by: Lora Lucero | Apr 11, 2012 9:53:42 PM
Oh, I should add that there is a 4th candidate (a Republican who didn't appear at the forum).
Posted by: Lora Lucero | Apr 11, 2012 9:56:12 PM