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PRC candidate seeks to elevate board competency

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By Carol A. Clark

The job of PRC commissioner is too important and too complex for politics as usual, patronage, inexperience or on-the-job training, said Democratic candidate Bruce Throne during a recent visit to the Monitor.The Santa Fe attorney and former assistant attorney general said, "The Public Regulation Commission's decisions affect every resident, business, school, government institution and other member of the public in New Mexico every single day. Good intentions are not enough for this job. The devil is in the details. That’s what I’ve spent most of my legal career learning.”Throne is a 32-year Santa Fe resident who has spent 28 of his 32-year legal career trying cases before the PRC and its predecessor agencies. He is seeking the District 3 seat currently held by PRC Ben Ray Lujan, who is running for Congress.He is not interested in regulating but rather using regulations to ensure corporations do the right thing, he said, adding that he wants to see the PRC become more of an independent body of highly qualified people. Currently, some of the commissioners are qualified and some are not, he said, adding that Lujan chairs the commission and doesn't even hold an undergraduate degree.Commissioners must understand law, regulatory engineering, regulatory accounting and economics, Throne said.


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