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As Your Voice for Montana PSC, Galen will fight for:  

  • More Affordable Energy Prices for Montana families and businesses.
  • Common Sense deliberations, not divisive partisan politics.
  • Protecting Consumers with no more rubber stamped utility bill increases.

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Galen for Montana Public Service Commission District 5

Helena IR: Hollenbaugh files for PSC District 5

Helena Independent Record
March 5, 2014

Democrat Galen Hollenbaugh and Republican Brad Johnson filed Tuesday to run for the state Public Service Commission in northwest Montana’s District 5, rounding out the field in the now three-person race for the open seat.

Hollenbaugh, a state representative from Helena, appears to be the only Democrat in the race for District 5, where incumbent Commissioner Bill Gallagher, R-Helena, is not running for re-election.

Johnson, a former Montana secretary of state who lives in East Helena, will compete against former state Rep. Derek Skees of Whitefish in the Republican primary election in June. District 5 covers six counties, stretching from Helena to Polson to Kalispell and along the Rocky Mountain Front.

The five-member PSC, controlled entirely by Republicans, regulates electric, gas, telephone and water utilities in the state.

The only other PSC seat up for election this year is District 1 in north-central and northeast Montana, where Commissioner Travis Kavulla of Great Falls so far is unopposed.

The deadline for candidates to file is Monday. PSC candidates must pay a $979.80 filing fee.

Hollenbaugh, 45, who works as operations bureau chief of the Business Standards Division in the Department of Labor, said he’s running for the commission because he thinks the PSC should do more to control energy costs for consumers.

The current commission “just rubber-stamps rate increases without much scrutiny,” he said Tuesday.

Hollenbaugh noted that the current commission voted 3-2 last month not to require NorthWestern Energy to provide some additional information on how its proposed purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams would affect ratepayers. He said he would have voted to require NorthWestern to provide the information.


Hollenbaugh files for the Public Service Commission

Commitment to Common Sense and Advocacy for Montana Consumers, Employers and Families Energizes the Candidacy of Galen Hollenbaugh
To Serve on Montana’s Public Service Commission

Hollenbaugh Files His Candidacy with the Montana Secretary of State to Serve
On the Public Service Commission of the State of Montana, District 5

MONTANA, March 4, 2014 – Focused on common sense and powerful advocacy for Montana consumers, employers and families, Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) candidate Galen Hollenbaugh formally launched his campaign to serve as a commissioner for Montana PSC District 5 today.  Hollenbaugh filed his candidacy today with the Office of the Secretary of State of Montana in person at the Montana Capitol.  
“Common sense and powerful advocacy for Montana consumers, employers and families are the focus of my candidacy to serve on Montana’s Public Service Commission,” said Hollenbaugh, who has nearly 20 years of experience in consumer advocacy and public policy.   “Lower energy prices for our employers and for consumers are my immediate top priority.  “Montanans have grown weary of high energy prices, while the current members of the PSC seem all too willing to rubber stamp rate increases that inhibit the ability of employers to create more jobs and of Montana families to financially thrive.”     
“Montanans and our business owners need and deserve more affordable power,” Hollenbaugh said.  “That’s my starting point.  For eight years I was honored to represent central Helena in the House of Representatives.  My record shows that I am able to reach across the aisle, cut through red tape and achieve positive change for the people of Montana.  I am committed to putting these skills to work for you and all of Montana’s utility consumers as a member of the PSC.”
“Serving on the Montana Public Service Commission is a full-time job that requires diligent attention to all the details and jurisdiction entrusted by Montanans to members of the commission.  Too often, commissioners have pursued their extreme personal political pursuits, rather than focus on the important business of lowering rates and protecting Montana employers and citizens.”     
Hollenbaugh currently serves as a member of the Montana State House of Representatives, serving District 81 since December 2006.  He and his wife enjoy living in Helena, Montana, with their son.  Hollenbaugh serves as a Bureau Chief at the Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry.  He is a graduate of the University of Montana, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. 
The 2014 Montana Public Service Commission District 5 race is a partisan election in which Hollenbaugh filed as a Democrat.  Election Day is November 4, 2014.  Montana Public Service Commission District 5 represents people living in the following Montana Counties: Flathead, Glacier, Lewis and Clark, Lake, Pondera and Teton. The Montana PSC is responsible for consumer safety and protection in a number of areas, including energy, telecommunications, water, pipelines and transportation.

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