Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:47 am

2 Republicans, 1 Democrat elected to Arizona Corporation Commission; clean-energy rules could be threatened

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

Arizona will have two new faces on the Arizona Corporation Commission, and one returning member, and the new makeup of the office could threaten the recently passed clean-energy rules for electric utilities.

The Associated Press called the race Saturday for Republican Lea Márquez Peterson, who Gov. Doug Ducey appointed to the commission, Republican Jim O’Connor, who had to qualify for the ballot as a primary write-in, and Democrat Anna Tovar, who is finishing a term as Tolleson Mayor.

Tovar and Márquez Peterson are the first two Hispanic women elected to statewide office in Arizona.

The five-member commission sets rates and policies for electric, gas and water utilities, and oversees railroad crossings, pipeline safety and securities.

One such police could be in the crosshairs of the new commissioners, though.

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