Plain Talk: A candidate conversation with Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak

Republican Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak joins this episode of Plain Talk for a conversation that kicks off a series of debates between North Dakota's statewide candidates. Fedorchak's Democratic-NPL challenger, Melanie Moniz, declined to participate.

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MINOT, N.D. — What does the Public Service Commission do in North Dakota?

The PSC makes the most headlines over utility rates. They regulate how much utilities can charge us for our power. But the PSC does so much more. They site wind farms. They run a rail safety program. They make sure that the pumps and the scales that measure how much we pay for everything from gasoline to steaks at the butcher shop are fair.

Julie Fedorchak, a Republican, has served on the PSC since she was appointed by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple in 2012. She had that appointment confirmed by voters in 2014, and successfully ran for a six-year term in 2016. She's now up for re-election, and joined this episode of Plain Talk for a wide-ranging conversation about her campaign.

This is part of a series of hosted conversations we'll be doing on Plain Talk with all of the statewide candidates. Fedorchak's opponent in this race, Democratic-NPL candidate Melanie Moniz, declined to participate.

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Also on this episode, Wednesday co-host Chad Oban and I talk about the controversy around President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness program, and independent candidate Cara Mund's event with Democrats.


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