Five Candidates On Ballot For Landis’ Public Service Commission Seat

NEBRASKA CITY – Three candidates for Nebraska’s Public Service Commission will be eliminated in today’s primary election.

Republicans will nominate a candidate out of three contenders. They are Ron Nolte of Plattsmouth, Dan Watermeier of  Syracuse and Scott Smathers of Lincoln.

Democrats will choose between John Atkeison and Christa Yoakum, both of Lincoln.

The Public Service Commission is a five member board elected to six year terms. The board regulates telecommunications, natural gas, pipelines, railroad safety, grain warehouses and dealers.

The board recently approved a Keystone pipeline route across Nebraska.

The candidates will replace Frank Landis, who has served on the board since 1988. Landis is former chief of staff of the 155th Air Refueling Wing of the Nebraska Air National Guard.

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