Election Coverage

Aug 23, 2012 6:55 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Two Acadiana Hopefuls Vying for a Seat in the Public Service Commission

Six hopefuls are vying for the District 2 Public Service Commission seat. Two of those candidates, Ed Roy and Scott Angelle, are from Acadiana.
The PSC operates at the intersection of the three "E's"-- energy, environment, and economy. It consists of five elected commissioners throughout the state, who serve overlapping terms of six years. Retiring member Jimmy Field is vacating the District 2 seat. That district stretching from Baton Rouge, down to Houma, and west to Lafayette.

Former Lafayette councilman Ed Roy says he wants to bring something new to the table, calling his opponents "career politicians."

"If I bring anything to the table, it's fairness balance and a history of caring for people in South Louisiana," he said.

Roy says the PSC is an important job that affects everyone in the state. Roy has heavily criticized his opponent, Scott Angelle, for resigning as the state's Natural Resources Secretary.

"with the sinkhole and hazardous waste that's there. All of sudden, the captain of the ship abandons ship to do something else for political gain, there's a problem there," said Roy.

Angelle didn't want to comment on Roy's criticism, saying only he saw an opportunity and took it.

"It is clear that there has been much speculation that I was going to get into this race even in the summer, " said Angelle.

Angelle says he plans to fight to protect the state from too much federal regulation and work to ensure low-cost energy.

"I would think that my knowledge of both energy as well as proven abilities to work with folks of all kinds is where I would think my strengths are," he added.

The PSC has been a stepping stone for politicians in the past, former governors Huey Long and Kathleen Blanco served in the PSC. Roy says he has no other aspirations. Angelle was tight-lipped saying this is his focus right now.

"I think it's something the people of Louisiana deserve, a full-time commissioner to take care of the little guys," said Roy.

"I have chosen to dedicate a great deal of my adult life to public service," said Angelle.

The other candidates in the race, State Representative Erich Ponti (R) of Baton Rouge, Greg Gaubert (I) of Thibodeaux, Sarah Holliday (R)also of Baton Rouge, and Forest Wright (D) of New Orleans. The primary election is November 6, if needed, a run-off will be on December 8.



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