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Concern raised over slate of PRC candidates

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Many decisions by New Mexico’s most powerful regulatory panel have had direct economic and environmental consequences for one corner of the state, and yet not one candidate nominated to fill the Public Regulation Commission is from northwestern New Mexico.

Critics are concerned about the lack of representation as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham prepares to pick a new commission as part of an overhaul that takes New Mexico voters out of the equation. Former two-term governor and U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson is among those taking notice.

He called it “a glaring omission," saying residents in the area —particularly Navajos — need to have a voice in future regulatory decisions.