The Public Service Commission has been at the center of controversy for years because of its involvement with the overdue and over-budget Kemper County Power Plant. Democrat Cecil Brown - who is retiring from the Mississippi House of Representatives - has just been elected to represent the Central District. Brown has long been a critic of the Kemper Project.
"I've got a whole list of things I want to work on, but the no call list is still a problem. The biggest one that's been out throughout the campaign is this Kemper Power plant over in Kemper County. The commission is going to have to deal with those issues. It effects several hundred thousand people across the state of Mississippi and I intend to get right in the middle of that and try to resolve those issues,' says Brown.
The Commission's lone incumbent, Democrat Brandon Presley, has won his 3rd term on the PSC for the Northern District. Presley says listening to the public's concerns could be beneficial to state residents.
"One of the things that I'm going to advocate big time for is that we take the public service commission and care it to the public. We should be holding hearings and listening sessions throughout Mississippi , so that we get out to Jackson, and get out of those nice offices and go out to rural counties that haven't seen a public service commissioner in 30 years, and let the folks tell us what we can do better about bringing them services and lowering their rates and saving them money," says Presley.
The Commission's only Republican Voice will be businessman Sam Britton - the winner of the Southern district seat.