Q&A: Public Regulation Commission District 1 Candidate Janice Arnold-Jones
- NAME: Janice Arnold-Jones
- POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
- OCCUPATION: Retired
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Four-term New Mexico state representative on Tax & Revenue, Voters & Elections and Science & Technology committees; 30 years private business experience — two startups, information technology, systems development, business and financial plan development, operations, contract oversight and compliance. My record demonstrates my passion for fairness, transparency, and diligent preparation in public service.
- EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, University of New Mexico
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: JaniceforPRCnm.com
Why are you running for a seat on the commission?
Rapidly advancing renewable energy and 5G technology is having a dramatic impact on regulated utilities. The PRC needs new approaches to ensure reliable, cost-effective services as the state transitions to clean energy. From high level policy to financial modeling details, I want New Mexico to succeed.
What are some specific goals you want to accomplish as a commissioner?
To implement the (Energy Transition Act) and broadband in a reliable, cost-effective manner. Ensure regulated industries are thriving and providing competitive prices that attract business. Update the New Mexico Administrative Code to address the impact of rapidly changing technology.
What are your thoughts about the new Energy Transmission Transition Act (ETA), and how would you work to balance both utility and consumer interests as the state transitions away from fossil fuels to renewable resources and carbon-free generation?
The ETA poses challenges to rates and reliability. The shift in priorities to environment/location over reliability/cost will be carried by ratepayers. The Legislature must revisit these issues if the transition is too fast. The PRC must seek creative means, such as net metering, to balance the interests of utilities.
Voters will decide in November on a constitutional amendment to change the five-member elected commission to a three-member body appointed by the governor. What are your thoughts about the proposal?
I oppose an all-appointed PRC. However, the PRC needs continuity and strong technical expertise. Geographical diversity is vital. New Mexico would be better served by two commissioners appointed by the governor for 10 years, in five-year staggered terms and three PRC members elected from the three Congressional Districts.
The PRC operates as a quasi-judicial body that requires commissioners to possess specialized knowledge and experience to function fairly and efficiently in the public’s interest. In your opinion, what are those needed qualities, and how do you personally meet the qualifications?
My background in private business and technology along with my experience as a legislator and city councilor brings a unique consumer advocacy perspective to the PRC which is critical to its success. I am fair, transparent, independent, prepared and ready to work every day.
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.