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Christopher Langerud, Fargo, Published October 15 2012

Letter: Christmann ready to serve

We’ve been quite fortunate in our state to have a solid group of down-to-earth North Dakotans representing the people as Public Service commissioners. Earlier this year, Tony Clark took his leadership and experience as a commissioner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk to continue their great work. This year, we’ll vote for a new commissioner to take Clark’s place, and his replacement should be another common-sense and fair-minded individual like Kalk, Cramer and Clark to continue the PSC’s positive record. For me, Randy Christmann is the best candidate running for PSC, and I would urge you to vote for Christmann in November.

Christmann is a rancher from just outside of Hazen in western North Dakota. He lives in the middle of our state’s energy boom and for decades has been involved with groups and organizations tied into energy, taxation and natural resources issues. His deep understanding of the concerns on both sides of our energy growth will allow him to balance out what is best for land owners, private citizens and entrepreneurs currently harvesting natural resources.

I believe that Christmann is dedicated to our land and our laws. The Public Service Commission shouldn’t be bending over backward to groups or agencies set on taking over our state, trying to relax the rules in their favor or making it impossible to appropriately grow our energy economy. As a fair-minded person, Christmann will stand up to groups like the EPA and stand for the rights of North Dakotans and our private property.

Christmann is not a radical environmentalist who takes extreme stands on issues that require a level-headed response. I know that he will bring his years of dedicated service to his community and our state, as an 18-year senator from Hazen, to bear as a Public Service commissioner. Vote with me for Christmann in November.