Ex-lawmaker faces ex-PSC attorney in District 4 race

Whatever happens in the Nov. 3 election, western Montana voters will elect a fresh face to Montana's Public Service Commission, the body that decides what utilities can charge home and business owners for energy.

With no incumbent in the race, this year's open contest features former state Sen. Jennifer Fielder, a Republican from Thompson Falls, versus former PSC staff attorney Monica Tranel, a Missoula Democrat, now a private attorney representing renewable energy clients.

The candidates in the PSC District 4, which covers far western Montana from Ravalli County in the south to Lincoln County...


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