Incumbent Eric Skrmetta and Forest Bradley Wright are in a tight race for the Public Service Commission’s 1st District, according to early voting results from the Louisiana Secretary of State.

With 20 of 668 precincts reporting, both have about 38 percent of the vote. A third candidate, Allen “Al” Leone, has hauled in 23 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.