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Arizona Corporation Commission candidate debate set for Sept. 15

The primary election for Arizona Corporation Commission is over, and congratulations to the following candidates — Sam George (D), Sandra Kennedy (D), Marian McClure (R), Paul Newman (D), Bob Stump (R), and Barry Wong (R) — who move onto the general election in November.  A candidate debate has been set for September 15, 2008 at Rio Salado College in Tempe.  Registration Noon to 1 p.m.; debate 1-3 p.m.; and reception 3-4 p.m.  The debates will cover issues important to you and Arizona’s future:

  • Water quality and the cost of electric and natural gas
  • High speed Internet to rural communities
  • Solar, nuclear, and other alternative energy sources
  • Arizona’s investment in utility infrastructure

Logon to our webcasts, tune in to your local Cable TV, or engage in person at Rio Salado College in Tempe to learn more about the powerful ACC (often described as a Fourth Branch of Government) and to see the candidates debate these and other issues that will have an enormous impact on you, Arizona’s future, and the finances, safety and quality of life of all citizens, businesses, and organizations in Arizona.  You can propose questions and discuss issues online by clicking here.

These nonpartisan debates, sponsored by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, are presented by the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council and moderated by Mark Goldstein of International Research Center in cooperation with other business and community organizations.  For more information, contact Steve Peters, ATIC ACC Debate Coordinator at 520-321-1309 or e-mail.

Corporation Commission candidate debates scheduled

What is the Arizona Corporation Commission?  Why should I care who gets elected?  The cost of electric and natural gas!  Broadband deployment to rural communities!  Renewable energy!  Integrity of the pipelines that carry gasoline across the state!  Arizona’s investment in utility infrastructure!  These are among the issues to be debated at the July 15 Primary and September 15, 2008 General Election debates for candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission.  The debates will be held live at Rio Salado College in Tempe, presented by the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC), with support provided by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission. 

Why should you attend?  The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is an independent regulatory authority created by the Arizona Constitution.  This powerful body, often described as a Fourth Branch of Government, makes decisions that have an enormous impact on Arizona’s future and the finances, safety, and quality of life of all citizens, businesses, and organizations in Arizona.  This year you will vote for three of the five Commissioners.

The Commission sets the rates you pay for public utilities including telecommunications, water, electric, and natural gas services.  Commission policies also determine the quality of these services and future utility infrastructure investments, including solar and other alternative energy sources.  In addition to utilities regulation, the debates will also cover the other services under the jurisdiction of the Commission including Corporations and Securities Oversight, and Railroad and Pipeline Safety.

How You Can Participate.  Live at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Webcast, Cable TV, and/or Online Forum.  Participation is free, however, registration for the live event and webcast is requested.  Click here for complete details.