Term: Four years
Tasks: Regulates utilities, telecommunications, transportation and insurance industries to ensure fair, reasonable rates
District: The majority of the Albuquerque metro area, with the exception of the Southwest quadrant, part of the University area and much of the Westside (detailed map: nmprc.state.nm.us)
She understands the complicated job of a public regulation commissioner because she’s basically been doing the job as its staff attorney for years. She can hit the ground running and lead the commission into a new, productive era. She far outpaced her competitors in talking about the the nuances of the PRC. We’re relieved there’s someone this qualified in the race.
Montoya lacks a passion for the PRC. It isn’t clear to us that she really wants the job. She’s a solid county assessor: She should keep her focus there.
Park is smart and articulate, and he would be a lively, outspoken member of the commission. But he’s not thinking like a quasi-judicial regulator, which is the job description.