Dems Mount Aggressive Campaign in Two PUC Races

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The race for two spots on South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission has turned increasingly testy.
Democratic challengers Matt McGovern and Nick Nemec accuse Republican incumbent commissioners of letting utility companies charge customers too much, and for failing to protect farmers who lost $2.6 million when a grain-buying company went broke and couldn’t pay them.
Republicans Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen argue they have held down utility rates and have done everything possible under current law to help farmers who sold sunflowers to the failed grain-buying company
McGovern, a lawyer and grandson of former Sen. George McGovern, and Libertarian Russell Clarke are challenging former state lawmaker Fiegen in one race. Nemec, a farmer and former state lawmaker, is challenging Nelson, a former secretary of state, in the other race.

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