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Gary Hanson says he’ll run for 3rd term on PUC

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE — Gary Hanson said he will seek election to a third term on the state Public Utilities Commission in 2014.

“Darn right, I’m running,” Hanson said on New Year’s Eve in an email response to a reporter’s question about his political plans.

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The 63-year-old Republican is the current chairman of the three-member regulatory panel.

He was elected to the commission for the first time in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008. The commissioners serve six-year terms.

Hanson served six years in the state Senate from 1983 through 1988. He then served on the Sioux Falls City Commission from 1988 through 1994, where he oversaw utilities, and was twice elected mayor of Sioux Falls, serving in that post from 1994 through 2002.

In his first PUC campaign, he defeated Democratic incumbent Pam Nelson, of Sioux Falls.

PUC candidates are nominated by their respective political parties, rather than in primary elections. The 2014 candidates will be chosen at the summer state-party conventions.

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