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Corporation Commission must adopt judicial Code of Conduct to protect ratepayers

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There’s a crisis of integrity at the Arizona Corporation Commission and it’s time to elect commissioners who are willing to put ratepayers first. While the average Arizonan is working hard to keep food on the table and take care of his family, the only time he ever hears about the Arizona Corporation Commission is because of bad things: conflicts of interest, drugs and resignations that have plagued the Commission for nearly two decades. And utility rate increases.

I’m proud to have the support of longtime conservative Republicans, including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Secretary of State Michele Reagan and state Reps. David Livingston and Ben Toma because they know Arizona ratepayers deserve better.

Arizonans have the right to not have utilities funneling money into the joint bank accounts of the regulators, not have commissioners hearing cases that will benefit lobbyists and utilities that have contributed to their campaigns, and not have commissioners accepting free food or trips funded by the utilities they regulate.

As a major in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps Reserves, I subscribe to the Air Force core value of “Integrity First.” Without integrity, even my MBA and PhD in arid land resource sciences (80 percent of ACC rate cases are water companies) would be irrelevant to my ability to contribute as a member of the ACC. By adopting the judicial Code of Conduct, the ACC can protect ratepayers and restore credibility to our state’s most powerful elected regulatory body.

Arizonans are sick of reading about scandals and pay-for-play schemes. It’s time to clean up the Corporation Commission by adopting a thoughtful, time-tested and universally accepted code of conduct that protects ratepayers and restores integrity. To read my recommendation to the Corporation docket in support of adopting the Arizona Code of Judicial Conduct, visit www.rodneyglassman.com.

Rodney Glassman is an attorney and Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission and can be reached at rodney@rodneyglassman.com.