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Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Dr. Craig Greene Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection

In a surprise move, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Dr. Craig Greene announced on Wednesday that he will not seek reelection when his term ends in December.

Greene, a moderate Republican, has served on the commission for eight years, regulating utilities such as Entergy Louisiana, CLECO, and Atmos Energy. During his tenure, he has been a decisive voice in shaping the state's energy policies, often working across party lines to advocate for affordable prices for consumers.

In a statement, Greene credited his father, former state Sen. Thomas Greene, with teaching him the importance of citizen representation and cited his father's example of voluntarily stepping aside after serving eight years in office.

"When you know, you know," Greene said. "For almost a decade, I've worked hard to keep a watchful eye on our utility providers, holding them accountable to keep prices affordable for the many families in our community struggling to get by."

Greene's decision not to seek reelection comes as a surprise to many, given his influence on the commission and his ability to shape the state's energy policies. However, he expressed a desire to focus on his family and orthopedic surgery practice after his term concludes.

"I look forward to spending more time doing what I love most, enjoying my family and caring for my patients," Greene said.

The announcement sets the stage for a competitive election cycle in November, with qualifying for Greene's open seat set to take place from July 17 to July 19. The election is scheduled for November 5.

"Louisiana is full of great, loving people," Greene said. "I am confident that they will find a great Commissioner to serve as the next in line to take a turn."

Greene's announcement has now opened the door for potential candidates to enter the fray and compete for the seat. The election promises to be an exciting and competitive one, with voters set to decide who will shape the future of Louisiana's energy landscape.


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