Angelle announces candidacy for Public Service Commission seat

Angelle announces candidacy for Public Service Commission seat

A day after announcing his resignation as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources—a position held more than eight years—Scott Angelle this morning confirms to Daily Report that he's entering the race for the Public Service Commission District 2 seat.

"Obviously, I've chosen to devote much of my adult life to public service, and I think there's an opportunity for me to expand my role. On the PSC, I believe I can bring about more opportunities to create an environment that is conducive to creating jobs and growing our economy," says Angelle, a Republican. "I am confident I can do more good for the people of Louisiana."

Angelle's announcement also comes a day after Baton Rouge Republican Rep. Erich Ponti announced his candidacy for the PSC seat that's being vacated by Jimmy Field, who is retiring at the end of his fifth term on Dec. 31.

Ponti says he has approximately $280,000 in ready cash for the race, close to $170,000 of which he has raised since early June. Angelle has even more in his war chest—about $336,000, he says, all of which is left over from previous campaigns.

"Today I really begin my fundraising efforts, because I definitely did not want to spend any of my time fundraising while I was secretary," he says. "I look to have a very, very robust campaign fundraising drive over the next 45 days."

Angelle says the PSC "operates at the intersection" of what he calls "the three E's: energy, environment and economy. And when it's done the right way, it can create jobs and stimulate investment in a sustainable way."

Many prominent Louisiana politicians—including former Govs. Huey Long, John McKeithen and Kathleen Blanco—have used the five-member, independent regulatory agency as a stepping-stone in their careers.

Also announced as a candidate for the only PSC seat on the Nov. 6 ballot is Lafayette businessman Ed Roy.

On Tuesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Angelle to the LSU Board of Supervisors.

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