BEATRICE – A six-year Nebraska State lawmaker and a program coordinator at the Nebraska Appleseed Center are vying for a spot on the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
State Senator Dan Watermeier, of Syracuse and Christa Yoakum, of Lincoln, addressed the issue of whether the race boils down to the controversial Keystone XL Oil Pipeline, proposed to cross Nebraska.
Watermeier says he carries no agenda coming into the race.
:38 “plain and simple”
Yoakum says she’s not a one-issue candidate, but said the pipeline is an important issue for Nebraskans.
:19 “that pipeline”
Both candidates spoke in support of a strong grain warehouse division under the PSC to regulate grain storage. Both also addressed the availability of broadband service in Nebraska, with Yoakum saying it’s critical across the entire state.
:37 “service commission”
Watermeier says to serve both urban and rural areas, the public service commission must be careful not to restrict private investment. He cited one example of the universal service fund.
:50 “to everybody”
Watermeier said if elected to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, he’ll emphasize listening, more than talking…on issues like the pipeline, broadband and others. He says his actions are governed by three things…competition, choice and transparency.
Yoakum says she has always put people first, listening to their needs. She says for too long, the state has allowed others to put profits before people.
The candidates participated in a Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce election forum, Tuesday night.