Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson keeps his seat in office following the election.
Nelson beat Oglala Lakota entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud who campaigned on an expansion of alternative energy including more wind and solar in South Dakota.
Nelson says he is humbled and honored to spend another term on the PUC.
“Throughout this campaign I’ve talked about the fact we’ve got to working to keep utility rates low, we’ve got to solve the broadband availability gap in rural South Dakota. But what this race came down to ladies and gentlemen was this, my commitment to making decisions on the Public Utilities Commission based on fact and law, not on personal whims and emotional responses. Ladies and gentlemen I am committed to supporting the rule of law in the state of South Dakota,” says Nelson.
Nelson now serves a six year term on the Public Utilities Commission. You can hear Chris Nelson's full acceptance speech by clicking play below.