PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The race for two spots on South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission has turned increasingly testy as Democratic challengers accuse Republican incumbents of letting utility companies charge customers too much and failing to protect farmers who lost $2.6 million when a grain-buying company went broke and couldn’t pay them.
Democrats Matt McGovern and Nick Nemec jumped into the race in June, castigating Republican commissioners Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen for their handling of the failure of Anderson Seed Co. of Redfield. They later criticized the GOP incumbents for granting a power company too large an increase in electricity rates.
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