Editorial board | Arizona Republic Published 6:07 a.m. MT Oct. 26, 2018
Opinion: If you want to flip the script on APS influence on the Arizona Corporation Commission, choose 1 Democrat and 1 Republican. (Editor’s note:Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)
It often makes sense to vote along party lines in the race for the state utility regulatory commission.
The deciding factor often comes down to political philosophy: Democratic candidates — and Democratic voters — generally favor more mandates and oversight on utilities; Republican ones generally favor minimal intrusion and letting market forces reign.
This year’s contest for the Arizona Corporation Commission is no different.
Republican candidates Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman oppose imposing mandates relating to renewable energy, including aggressive ones sought under Proposition 127. Democratic candidates Sandra Kennedy and Kiana Maria Sears support both.
It’s a mistake, however, to simply vote for one side or the other. This is the year to put one Republican and one Democrat in office. Here’s why.