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The battle for a seat on the North Dakota Public Service Commission is set after Tuesday’s primary elections.

Incumbent Randel “Randy” Christmann ran for re-election as a Republican. Challenger Tracey Wilkie, supported by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL, is a human rights activist with a solid union background.

In both cases, the general election will take place on November 5, where voters will determine the winner.

In incomplete and unofficial results as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Christmann received 99.4% of the vote, or 71,769 out of 72,179 total votes, while Wilkie received 99.9% of the vote, or 17,429 out of 17,451 total votes. Voters could only vote for their party’s candidate and the results may not include all votes cast by primary or absentee ballot.

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Randel “Randy” Christmann, North Dakota’s public service commissioner, is running for re-election in 2024.

Official portrait photo, North Dakota Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission (PSC) oversees the state’s utilities, including electricity, gas, telecommunications, and transportation. The commission ensures that consumers receive safe, reliable, and affordable services while maintaining fair regulations for utilities. Its key responsibilities include setting rates, licensing services, and enforcing compliance with state and federal regulations.

Christmann, who took office in 2013, was able to leverage his diverse background as a truck driver and rancher, as well as his experience in the North Dakota National Guard. During his tenure, he focused on balancing consumer needs with the economic realities of providing statewide services.

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Tracey Wilkie, Democratic NPL candidate for North Dakota Public Service Commissioner in 2024.

Photo courtesy of Democratic-NPL.

During her campaign, Wilkie emphasized her commitment to fair utility rates and transparent regulatory practices, drawing on her experience as a former shop steward for AFSCME Local 88-6.

The elected commissioner will play a critical role in shaping the state’s energy policy and influencing both economic development and environmental standards. The term of office is six years and the annual salary is $114,310.

James B. Miller, Jr.

James B. Miller, Jr. is the publisher of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to provide community-driven, professional, hyperlocal coverage of southwest North Dakota.

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