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Arizona is one of the most competitive states in the nation for not only creating jobs but also for keeping utility rates low. Whether you are a small business owner or a family on a budget, a friendly and fair regulatory environment is one of the most important factors in securing Arizona’s bright future.

As a state legislator, I am proud of a record that championed individuals, families, and our growing business community. As a Corporation Commissioner, I will continue to champion an environment that puts families, consumers, and the business community first.

A. Protect Consumers

Whether it is securing the integrity of the securities marketplace, eliminating inefficient regulation on the business community, or ensuring safe standards for the transportation of gas and hazardous liquids, the Corporation Commission plays an important role in consumer protection in Arizona.

Public Utilities: In one of its most important roles, the Corporation Commission is responsible for the regulation of Arizona’s public utilities. As your Commissioner, I will fairly and responsibly protect the Arizona consumer by striving to enhance the quality of service and control rates charged by public service utilities.

Arizona also benefits from the abundance of a variety of energy sources, whether solar, coal, natural gas, or nuclear. Arizona cannot be successful without cost effective energy. Arizona’s future depends on an energy environment that is not only cost effective but one that is meeting the needs of our growing state.

Business Formation: The Corporation Commission is also responsible for the formation of Arizona’s growing business community. Whether it is a simple Limited Liability Corporation or a traditional Corporation, the Commission is responsible for regulating and recording its formation. It is important that Arizona continues to fight to make this process as painless and inexpensive as possible. Arizonans should be proud that Arizona is one the most cost affordable states in which to form a business. As your Commissioner, I will continue to streamline this process to provide a cost affordable climate in which to do business.

Securities: In addition to the formation of business, the Commission is responsible “for the investigative actions as well as the registration and/or oversight of securities, securities dealers and brokers, investment advisers and their representatives; to enhance legitimate capital formation; and to minimize the burden and expense of regulatory compliance by legitimate business.”

Arizona’s growing investment corridor requires a capital formation process that balances consumer safety and business efficiency. As your Commissioner, I will continue to advocate a process that puts the consumer first while simultaneously making it easy for the business community do what they do best: create quality jobs and invest in Arizona’s economy.

Pipeline & Railroad Safety: The Commission is also responsible for maintaining safe standards for the transportation of gas and hazardous liquids. As your Commissioner, I will continue to ensure this sector is safe for Arizona families.

B. Reliable & Affordable Utilities

The success of Arizona depends on aggressively meeting our future energy needs. A sound energy policy requires not only traditional sources such as coal and natural gas, but also future efficiencies in solar, nuclear, and wind. Arizona benefits from having an environment that is friendly to both the traditional energy sources as well as the energy sources of tomorrow.

The Corporation Commission is responsible for the quality of service and rates charged by public service utilities. This is a responsibility that impacts real Arizona families and the business communities that employ them. We can accomplish this by transparently and truthfully addressing Arizona’s real energy problems. As a legislator, I learned that Arizona voters appreciate candor and my strategy will be no different. I will fight for the most sensible energy solutions that will ensure that Arizona’s energy future is bright!

As your Commissioner, I will fight for fair utility rates and reliable service. I view this as one of my most important responsibilities.