With more than one-third of precincts reporting, Forest Bradley Wright is leading incumbent Eric Skrmetta for the Public Service Commission’s 1st District, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
With 250 of 668 precincts reporting, Wright is ahead slightly with about 38 percent of the vote to Skrmetta’s 36 percent. A third candidate, Allen “Al” Leone, has hauled in 25 percent.
The Public Service Commission regulates rates for publicly owned utilities providing electric, water, wastewater, natural gas and telecommunication services in most of the state. The PSC also must grant approval to those companies before they can issue new stocks and bonds or begin major construction projects such as adding power plants or transmission lines. The independent body also regulates intrastate transportation services.
The commission does not regulate utility companies in Orleans Parish, where the City Council handles that task.
Skrmetta was elected to the PSC in 2008.