Plain Talk: 'Innovation over regulation'

Public Service Commissioner Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, who was recently appointed to that office and is now seeking election to finish her term, talks about what she brings to the commission on this episode of Plain Talk.

Sheri Haugen-Hoffart
Sheri Haugen-Hoffart speaks to a crowd in 2016.
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MINOT, N.D. — "We all take it for granted," says Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, talking about energy that's reliably available and cost effective.

She's running for the Public Service Commission, and she's the incumbent, only not really. She was appointed to the PSC by Gov. Doug Burgum a couple of months ago to replace Brian Kroshus who is now the tax commissioner.

She's new to the job, in other words, though not to the area of public policy the PSC deals with. She was the first female board chair in history for both Capital Electric Co-Op and Central Power Co-Op. She's been on the Capital Electric board for about a decade.

What will she bring to the PSC?

"Innovation over regulation," she said on this episode of Plain Talk.


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"I expect to be announcing that decision in a matter ... of hours not days," he said, adding that he doesn't expect to make the announcement today, but it's coming soon.

Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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