Primary Election Guide 2012
Public Regulation Commission
District 1, Democrat candidates
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)
Hall is strongly committed to transparency. She says live-streaming the commission meetings online would help more people across the state keep an eye on the PRC. “You don’t talk business with more than one other commissioner at at time” unless it’s an on-the-record public meeting, she adds.
She’s already made a habit of answering Inspection of Public Records Act requests quickly and completely, she says.
Most citizens don’t understand what the PRC does, he says. Commissioners need to put themselves more in the public eye. The PRC should publish agendas earlier, as well as webcast all meetings, he adds.
The Alibi Endorses Cynthia Hall
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.