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Meet the candidates for District 2 Public Service Commissioner

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On Saturday, voters in Lafayette, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes will select a new Public Service Commissioner (PSC).

The spot was left open when Scott Angelle resigned to become the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Three candidates are vying to fill Angelle's spot.

Damon Baldone (R), a Houma-based attorney and former state representative of 12 years, is actually serving as interim PSC now and hoping to hold onto his spot in office.

"A lot of these energy efficiency programs have these consultants who make a lot of money, but yet the money doesn't actually go to the consumer or to the government. So, we want to make sure that we maximize, that we get the best return on the investment from our energy efficiency program by getting more of that money into actual products that curtail energy," said Baldone.

Also on the ballot from Houma is Lenar Whitney (R), a longtime businesswoman and former state rep.

"We need safe, reliable energy, we need to make sure that we reduce the regulatory environment in the state of Louisiana and we also need to make sure that the public service commission does not become an obstacle to the free market enterprise. We want efficiencies, we want to make sure that there's responsibilities, you want to make sure that there's open process and you want to make sure that there's transparency," said Whitney.

Rounding out the race is Dr. Craig Greene, an orthopedic surgeon based in Baton Rouge. Greene is a Louisiana Emergency Response Network appointee, as well as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy (reserve).

"You know what I'm really tired of? I'm tired of celebrating the fact that we beat Mississippi for not being 50th in so many categories, because I just think we can do so much better. We don't have to shoot for number one, let's just start for breaking into the 30's. How can we get a little bit better every year?" said Greene.

The polls open at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14.

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