Races Heat Up For Montana Regulated Utilities Board

Mar. 9 marked the filing deadline for public office in Montana.

Three seats are up for reelection on the Republican-dominated Public Service Commission. The commission sets customer rates and approves new power, water and legacy telecommunications projects.

In southeast Montana, two Republicans are challenging Commissioner Tony O’Donnell’s incumbency. State representative Daniel Zolnikov and former PSC commissioner Kirk Bushman, both of Billings, are running for District 2. Retired teacher Valerie McMurtry, also of Billings, is running as a Democrat.