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PRC key to NM economic health

The No. 1 issue facing southern and southwest New Mexico is jobs and economic opportunity. The Public Regulation Commission is vitally important to the economic health of our region.

The PRC makes decisions every week that affect our economy, from encouraging new investment in innovative businesses wanting to come to New Mexico to helping or hindering existing businesses.

I’m Sandy Jones, and as your PRC commissioner I always looked at how our decisions will affect jobs.

Can we create new opportunity; can we open the doors to new ideas and new ways of doing business? I was responsible for holding PNM’s feet to the fire when they wanted to eliminate jobs in Silver City and Lordsburg because I knew how much that would affect our small communities and devastate the families.

As chairman of the commission, I worked hard to bring solar and wind energy projects to our state.

The PRC needs to ensure a balance with industries they regulate with regard to consumer protection while keeping regulation in check to attract investment dollars to New Mexico.

We have all watched our most precious resource, our children, leave our state to seek quality employment elsewhere. As elected officials it is our obligation to ensure our children can fulfill their dreams right here in New Mexico.

You have my commitment to work to make our economy diversified and strong and to bring common sense to complex utility regulations.

When we support New Mexico’s small businesses – especially in rural New Mexico – we’re making it possible for our children to find quality employment and raise their family right here at home.

I am a businessman; born and raised in New Mexico, husband and the father of two adult children.

I had the honor of serving on the PRC until 2007 when I did not seek re-election. I have always been a hard-working individual with a reputation of “getting things done” both in business and while I served on the PRC.

I bring my integrity and ethics to the PRC and will provide the representation you deserve.

My door is always open.

I was the first commissioner to have open office hours in their district in addition to having regular PRC meetings moved around the state and not just held in Santa Fe, making the commission more accessible to the citizens.

New Mexico is divided into five Public Regulation Commission districts. PRC District 5 has all or part of 11 counties in southern and southwest New Mexico. The PRC regulates utilities, electric and gas rates to light and heat our homes, phone service, pipeline safety, transportation – including taxi, limousine, semi-trucks and moving van services; in addition to the State Fire Marshal Office.

Every action I take as your commissioner will be with you in mind. You have the right to expect honest representation and a commissioner that votes for you, not for special interests.

I respectfully ask for your support and your vote to be your voice on the Public Regulation Commission from District 5.